Another young man has come forward and accused former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing him. 30-year-old Travis Weaver told NBC's Kate Snow that Sandusky, who is being tried on 48 counts of child sex-abuse of 10 boys over a span of 15 years, sexually abused him over a period of four years, beginning in 1992 when he was 10.
Asked by Snow what he'd do if Sandusky were in the room with them, Weaver responded, "I'd punch him in his mouth."
The interview is set to air on NBC's "Rock Center" on June 21, just hours after the jury began deliberations in Sandusky's trial in Pennsylvania. Sandusky maintains his innocence. Speaking with Snow, Weaver said of Sandusky, "He knows what he did. I know what he did."
These sentiments were echoed in the closing argument of Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan III.
"He molested and abused and hurt these children horribly," McGettigan told the jury. "He knows he did it and you know he did it.
In his closing argument, defense attorney Joe Amendola stated that his client has been a victim of overzealous investigators and alleged victims motivated by financial gain. Meanwhile, McGettigan closed the prosecution's case by urging the jury to "find him guilty of everything."
Weaver is not among the alleged victims in the current trial whose names are being withheld despite testifying in open court. According to NBC Philadelphia, Weaver testified in front of a grand jury but not the same one that led to Sandusky's current trial.
Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), released a statement applauding Weaver for coming forward in such a public manner:
One of Jerry Sandusky's victims has given an exclusive interview to NBC's Brian Williams which will air tonight on Rock Center with Brian Williams. He says he was molested by the Penn State coach more than 100 times.
We applaud this brave man, Travis Weaver, for publicly sharing his pain so that others might better understand the devastation caused by child sex crimes.
We hope his courage will inspire others who are suffering because of child sex crimes. We hope it will encourage them to speak up, get help, expose predators, protect kids and start healing.
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