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Penn State Scandal: Mother Of Matt Sandusky Speaks Out

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/17/11 01:31 PM ET Updated: 11/18/11 03:06 PM ET

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An unintended consequence of Jerry Sandusky's chilling telephone interview with Bob Costas during NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday evening is that many others connected to the sexual abuse scandal have felt compelled to share their stories.

Along with the mother of the boy identified as "Victim 1" in the grand jury report -- which details 40 counts of abuse against eight boys over 15 years -- another concerned mom has stepped forward. Debra Long, the biological mother of Matt Sandusky, spoke with "Good Morning America" about her son's relationship with the accused sexual predator. Her son was placed under Sandusky's care after he ran afoul of the law as a 10-year-old. Although Sandusky eventually adopted Matt, Long never had her parental rights taken by the court.

She eventually became concerned with Sandusky's behavior and her son's well being. Speaking with ABC, she outlined what she believed to be Sandusky's strategy for wooing his alleged victims.

"It was Jerry Sandusky. You know? Any 10-year-old kid is going to be impressed by Penn State football. And then it was the gifts: money and clothing and whatever," Long said during an exclusive interview with ABC's Jim Avila.

Matt was the youngest adopted child of Sandusky and Long reports the relationship began positively but soured, leaving her son fearful of the former Penn State football coach.

"My son was afraid of Jerry. If Jerry said, 'Don't Talk,' Matt didn't talk," recalls Long. "I would sit back and I would watch when Jerry would show up how excited Matt was and then as time went on I would watch the same kid hide behind the bedroom door and say, 'Mom, tell him I'm not home.'"

Although Matt reportedly attempted suicide while under Sandusky's care and was in enough distress that his probation officer was concerned, ABC reports that he maintains that he was never sexually abused by his adopted father.

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  • Jerry Sandusky

    Following a three-year investigation, the former Penn State player and assistant coach was <a href="" target="_hplink">indicted</a> on Nov. 4 on 40 counts of sexual crimes against male minors that occurred over the span of more than a decade -- the first alleged recorded incident of abuse <a href="" target="_hplink">dates back to 1994,</a> and Sandusky was first investigated in 1998.. The allegations have rocked Penn State's storied athletic program to its core, raising questions of who in the program knew what -- and how much -- when.

  • Mike McQueary

    <a href="" target="_hplink">McQueary</a> was a graduate assistant at Penn State when he allegedly witnessed coach Jerry Sandusky sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in a locker room shower. Shocked by what he saw, he reported it to head coach Joe Paterno, who then told Athletic Director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz. Ten days after McQueary saw the incident, Curley and Schutlz told him that they were not going to report it to police.

  • Joe Paterno

    The famed Nittany Lions coach was allegedly informed of Sandusky's actions in 2002, after which he reported them to Athletic Director Tim Curley. He claims that he did not know the full extent of Sandusky's actions. In a statement, Paterno said that "the fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling." Joe Paterno <a href="" target="_hplink">passed away from lung cancer </a>on Jan. 22, 2012.

  • Gary Schultz

    The Daily Collegian reports that Penn State senior vice president for finance and business <a href="" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz</a> was known for his family values. However, Schultz allegedly lied to authorities about what he knew in regards to Sandusky's actions, and may have been aware of them for years. He has since resigned from his job. A judge ruled in December that<a href="" target="_hplink"> Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.

  • Tim Curley

    Penn State's athletic director was informed of Sandusky's misdeeds as early as 2002, but maintains that he was not aware of their explicit nature. He has been charged with failure to report and has been put on administrative leave. He claims he is innocent. A judge ruled in December that<a href="" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.

  • Graham Spanier

    Penn State President Spanier, left, recently wrote to the Penn State Daily Collegian that he believed he had the best job in American education. Now, students and alumni are <a href="" target="_hplink">calling for him to be fired</a> in the wake of horrific sexual abuse accusations against former coach Jerry Sandusky.

  • The Second Mile

    Sandusky's <a href="" target="_hplink">charity,</a> founded in 1977, allowed him unfettered access to young boys under the guise of selflessness.

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