Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Victim who got Sandusky case going recalls ordeal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A young man whose sexual-abuse claims triggered the investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says in his new book that Sandusky's wife once called down to the basement while he was being attacked and Sandusky dismissed her by saying he was busy.

Aaron Fisher writes in Silent No More that Dottie Sandusky asked her husband to fix a table upstairs but that when he replied he was fixing an air hockey table she dropped the subject.

"Sarge," Fisher wrote, using her nickname, "never went down to the basement."

The basement, according to court testimony, is where Sandusky abused Fisher and other boys who stayed overnight at his home.

Fisher, who was known publicly for a year only as Victim 1, put aside anonymity Friday to speak about his ordeal as a child, telling ABC's 20/20 he had contemplated suicide because authorities took so long to prosecute Sandusky, nearly three years after he and his mother first alerted school officials.

The Associated Press bought an early copy of Fisher's book, which is being published next week.

Jerry Sandusky didn't testify at trial but has repeatedly said he is innocent, and Dottie Sandusky has maintained she never saw him behave inappropriately with children.

In the book, Fisher's mother and co-author, Dawn Daniels, recounts meeting Jerry Sandusky after her son had spent a couple of summers at events held by his charity, the Second Mile.

"When Aaron introduced us, Jerry shook my hand, put his arm around Aaron, roughed up his hair and said, 'You got a good kid on your hands there,' " she said, according to the book.

Fisher first reported the abuse in 2008, but he said the state attorney general's office told him it needed more victims before Sandusky would be charged. Sandusky was arrested last November.

The delay, Fisher said, made him increasingly desperate.

"I thought maybe it would be easier to take myself out of the equation," he told ABC. "Let somebody else deal with it."

Fisher, 18, testified at Sandusky's trial, which ended with Sandusky convicted of 45 counts of abuse involving Fisher and nine other boys. Sandusky, 68, was sentenced this month to 30 to 60 years in prison.

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