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Penn State Scandal: Birth Mother Of Jerry Sandusky's Adoptive Son Speaks Out

There is a new wrinkle emerging in the Jerry Sandusky investigation, and it has to do with Matt Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator's adoptive son. According to Kevin Dolak of ABC News, Matt Sandusky's birth mother Debra Long feels that Jerry Sandusky is to blame for some of her son's issues throughout life.

"My son was afraid of Jerry. If Jerry said don't talk, he didn't talk. I would sit back and watch when Jerry would show up, how excited Matt was," she said. "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.'"

Long believes that exposure to Sandusky was what made her once-quiet son lash out, and eventually fall into the coach's hands.

It is important to note that Matt Sandusky does not claim that Jerry abused him sexually, and that his Mother does not believe that happened as well. But Long clearly feels like something happened here that was detramental to her son's development.

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