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    >> make a big turn and talk about this serious story that's leading our news this morning, this widening child sex scandal at penn state university . now the assistant football coach who allegedly witnessed jerry sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy is caught up in the firestorm as well. nbc's ron mott is live at state college with more. good morning.

    >> reporter: assistant coach mike mcqueary is set to be a key witness in the case against a former assistant. because emotions are raw and volatile the university is keeping him away from the stadium for tomorrow's big game . right now, mike mcqueary is in the eye of the storm . the penn state scandal cost football coaching legend joe paterno his job and other high ranking officials theirs. mcqueary still holds one but he's been sidelined. in a statement "due to multiple threats made against assistant coach mike mcqueary the university decided it would be in the best interests of all for mcqueary not to be in attendance for the game."

    >> a lot of students cannot understand that, because it seems as though they both committed the same crime of negligence.

    >> reporter: according to the grand jury , mcqueary saw former assistant jerry sandusky allegedly sexually assault a young boy in a campus shower nearly a decade ago. mcqueary told paterno who notified his boss, the athletic director . both, along with sandusky, deny allegations against them. at paterno's home on thursday no, sign of the famed coach who has rallied students throughout the week. pattern know has reportedly contacted a prominent criminal defense attorney. some students are waiting to get his take on the controversy.

    >> everybody wants to take his side, but until we can get all the facts and we want to hear from him, we want to hear what he has to say.

    >> reporter: governor tom corbett , the state's attorney general in 2009 when the current investigation into abuses began said there's plenty of regret to go around.

    >> any pennsylvanian who has any knowledge of this case feels a sense of regret and a sorrow to also see careers end, but we must keep in mind that when it comes to the safety of children, there can be no margin for error, no hesitation to act.

    >> i think it's going to be an absolute clean sweep of this football staff. it's hard to fathom that coaches who have been here 33 years, 34 years and another coach 24 years had no inkling of what jerry san sandusky had been doing for over a decade and it doesn't stop with joe paterno .

    >> reporter: in contrast to some of the roundiness we saw on campus wednesday night penn state students organized a candlelight vigil tonight to refocus some of the attention on the victims of the alleged sexual abuse .

    >> ron mott, a story that is still developing. thank you for reporting this morning.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/11/2011 10:37:36 AM ET 2011-11-11T15:37:36

The mother of an alleged sexual abuse victim of Jerry Sandusky says that the boy felt he didn't have the power to say no to the former Penn State football coach.

The boy, referred to in court papers as "Victim 1," lived in fear of implicating the popular coach, his mother told ABC News.

"I had said, 'You know, maybe we should have come to this conclusion earlier — you should have told me,'" the mother, whose name is being withheld, said she told her son. "He was like, 'Well, I didn't know what to do … you just can't tell Jerry no.'"

Sandusky, now 67, would often have the boy stay at his home after they met when he was 11 in 2005 through the Second Mile program, which the coach founded for at-risk youth. According to the grand jury investigation, Sandusky "indecently fondled Victim 1 on a number of occasions, performed oral sex on Victim 1 on a number of occasions and had Victim 1 perform oral sex on him on at least one occasion."

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The boy's mother said her boy would act out violently to intentionally become grounded and avoid seeing Sandusky. Once, he asked her how to look up information on sex offenders.

"[I] proceeded to ask him if there was something he needed to tell me, if there was something going on … it wasn't 'til a month later when he indicated he was uncomfortable with leaving the school with him, and [Sandusky] pulling him out of classes at school," she said.

She expressed her concerns to the school and was quickly called to the school where she learned more about the situation.

"I'm infuriated," she said. "Even if they had the slightest inclination that anything inappropriate was going on it should have been reported, or at least brought to my attention," she said. "I didn't even know he was leaving the school with my child, taking him out of classes. They never told me that."

CFT: Penn St. sidelines McQueary due to threats

Sandusky was barred from the school district as soon as the mother had expressed concern about the coach's relationship with her son.

The boy testified to the grand jury that when staying in Sandusky's basement, the coach would come down and get into bed, crawling underneath him and running his arms up and down the boy's back to "crack" it. He testified that this led to further inappropriate touching during the summer of 2005 through 2006, when he was in seventh grade. This soon led to inappropriate sexual contact.

"I was horrified. I was absolutely horrified," Victim 1's mother said. "I knew some details but I didn't know that it was that, I didn't know it was that bad. It's caused a lot of nightmares, for him and I both."

Story: Paterno aide engulfed in Penn State abuse case

'Multiple threat'
The firing of Paterno late on Wednesday sparked a protest by thousands of students, described by police as a "riotous mob." Authorities plan to boost security at Penn State's final home football game Saturday, although interim head coach Tom Bradley said he was not concerned about the safety of players.

But the university's athletic department said that Mike McQueary, one of the football team's coaches who saw Sandusky alleged abusing a child in a campus locker room in 2002 and reported it to Paterno, would not attend the game.

Read the indictment against Sandusky in Penn St. case (PDF)

The university said "multiple threats" had been made against McQueary. Many Penn State fans believe it is unfair that Paterno was fired and that McQueary, who also did not report the alleged sexual abuse to police, was not.

Penn State's board of trustees were meeting Friday to appoint a special committee to investigate the events that lead up to the charges against Sandusky outlined by a grand jury. A press briefing is expected in the afternoon.

A ninth possible victim, now in his 20s, has since come forward and Pennsylvania police have set up a telephone hotline to receive information about the sexual abuse allegations.

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