Sandusky's Adopted Son: I Was Abused

Matt Sandusky says he was willing to testify
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2012 5:19 PM CDT
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, June 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky has a new accuser: His adopted son. Matt Sandusky told prosecutors this week that Jerry molested him, his attorney says. It's the first time Matt has made such allegations, though his biological mother testified before a grand jury last year regarding an unsettling relationship between her son and the former coach. Matt had been willing to testify in the current trial, the attorney says, and it's not known why he didn't, the Patriot-News reports.

Matt lived as a foster child with Jerry and Dottie Sandusky, who adopted him when he reached adulthood. As far back as 1996, when the Sandusky family took Matt in, his biological mother, Debra Long, raised concerns that the former coach was stalking her son. A March profile of Long in the Patriot-News cites a "rocky" relationship between Matt and Jerry; the two were estranged for an extended period, says one source. When Long asked her son if Jerry had touched him, he replied, "I don't want to talk about it," she says. (Read more Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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