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Victim’s Mom Responds to Sandusky's Claims of Just 'Horsing Around'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the mother of the victim that set off the investigation into Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child sexual assault has said that she is disgusted and outraged by the former Penn State coach’s claims that he was merely “horsing around” with the boys.

The boy’s mother, who explained how she learned about her son’s alleged assaults at the hands of Sandusky in an interview last week with ABC's Good Morning America, said that the former coach coming forward to brush off the alleged child rapes will not help his case.

“It sickened me, that he would be on TV, trying to downplay his charges.  And I think it made him look more guilty,” the victim’s mother said.

Sandusky surprised many Monday night when he phoned in to an exclusive interview with NBC’s Bob Costas.  In the interview, he denied all of the 40 charges of child sexual assault that have been leveled against him, and said that he is not sexually attracted to young boys.

“I could say that I have done some of those things,” Sandusky said.  “I have horsed around with kids.  I have showered after workouts.  I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?  Sexually attracted, no -- I enjoy young people, I love to be around them … but no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys,” Sandusky replied to Costas.

The mother of the boy, who is referred to as Victim 1 in the grand jury presentment of the case against Sandusky, said that there is no way what went on between her son and Sandusky was just horseplay.

"No.  No, it's not games.  It's a planned out strategy to groom children to molest," she said.  "He definitely shouldn't have showered with those kids.  It was sickening, I mean I don't know anybody -- anybody -- who when somebody's like 50, would get in a shower naked with a 10-year-old."

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Penn State Scandal: Mom of Sandusky's Alleged Victim Speaks to ABC News

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The mother of the boy who triggered the investigation into Jerry Sandusky's alleged child sex assaults says that during the years of abuse the boy felt he didn't have the power to say no to the former Penn State football coach.

Speaking exclusively with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, the mother of the boy, who is referred to in court papers as Victim 1, describes how she learned of the abuse and how her son lived in fear of coming forward to implicate a football coaching legend.

"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 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."

In the interview, the boy's mother discusses how she gradually became aware of the abuse her son was suffering at Sandusky's hands.  Her boy would act out violently to intentionally become grounded and avoid seeing Sandusky, she says, and at one point he came to her saying he wanted to know 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.

According to the grand jury presentment that led to Sandusky's arrest last week on 40 counts of molesting eight boys over a 15-year period, the coach had unfettered access to the Clinton County high school attended by Victim 1.  Sandusky, who volunteered at the school's varsity football program, would often have unmonitored meetings with the boy.  On one occasion, a school wrestling coach witnessed inappropriate touching between the two in a secluded weight room, according to the grand jury presentment.

Though she was unable to get any direct answers from her son by prodding him about Sandusky's behavior, the boy's mother expressed her concerns to the school, who in turn spoke with the boy.  She was quickly called to the school where she learned more about the situation.

"I'm infuriated … 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."

The school's assistant principal told the grand jury that Sandusky was barred from the school district as soon as the mother had expressed concern about the coach's relationship with her son.

Throughout the course of the investigation and through testimony from her son, the boy's mother has learned what allegedly happened between her boy and Sandusky while he would sleep at the coach's home.

The boy testified 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."

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Crying Baby Empties Bus…In Protest of the Driver

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HILLSBORO, Ore.) -- A Hillsboro, Ore., bus driver who reportedly kicked a mother and her infant off the bus after the baby wouldn’t stop screaming has been placed on administrative leave.

Passengers on the bus had stormed off after the mother and child when the driver ordered the pair off, leaving him alone.

TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch told ABC News that her office has received six complaints from people who were on the bus during the incident.

“This is something we take very seriously,” Fetsch said.

One passenger, Jennifer Chapman, herself a young mother, told the Oregonian she was outraged.

“I don’t care if the baby was screaming her head off, which she wasn’t, you don’t drop a woman off in the dark with her baby,” Chapman said.

While some people left in support of the mother, others may have been tired of the bus not moving.

“Several of the riders would call out to move along, that it wasn’t bothering anyone else, and more than a few delved into obscene name-calling toward the driver. The driver then compounded the whole thing by spitting heatedly that anyone who didn’t like it could get off the bus as well,” wrote one rider in a submission to Rantings of a Transit Bus Driver, an Oregon blog run by a bus driver named Al Margulies.

Margulies said these kinds of incidents happen, but drivers are trained on how to handle them.

“If she got to a point where she was unable to drive the bus, she should have pulled over and called for a supervisor,” Margulies told ABC News. “That would have been the right thing.”

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Police: Woman Admits to Having Sex with Son's Teen Football Teammates

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona mother of a high school football player admitted to having sex with two of her son's teammates, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday.

Cherish Arroyo, 35, was arrested Tuesday on six felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Arroyo told officers she had sexual intercourse and oral sex with a 16-year-old teammate and another young football player in the home she shares with her husband and two sons, who are 16 and 8, Arpaio said.

She also told officers she was "lonesome."

The 16-year-old victim allegedly began having a sexual relationship with Arroyo one year ago and is now 17. When his parents recently discovered their son's flirting on Facebook with Arroyo, who also serves as the treasurer of the team's booster club and frequently invited the football team over to her house for dinner before games, they asked Arpaio to investigate.

So far, little is known about the messages they reportedly exchanged.

"It was something like, 'I have some medicine for you,'" Arpaio said, describing a note Arroyo allegedly sent the teenager online.

It's unclear if the other boy she claims to have slept with was younger than 18 at the time.

Arpaio says his department is asking other possible victims to come forward. "The suspect indicated there could be a few more," Arpaio said.

The teens attend Copper Canyon High School in Glendale, Ariz. The Glendale Union High School District was not immediately available for comment.

"The football players are just out here to have fun and try to earn a scholarship. Their mom should be supporting them, not doing something else," Copper Canyon high school student Eric Aguilar told KNXV.

Arroyo was released Wednesday on a $9,000 bond after spending Tuesday night in jail. The Maricopa County Superior Court is appointing Arroyo with a public defender and her case is under review by the Maricopa County Attorney.

In the meantime, Arroyo is wearing an electronic monitoring device and awaiting a preliminary court hearing.

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Alaska's 'Hot Sauce' Mom Sentenced for Child Abuse

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- A judge sentenced an Alaska mother of six to three years' probation for child abuse for forcing her adopted son to drink hot sauce and take cold showers on a taped segment of the Dr. Phil show.

Calling the woman's actions "an extremely serious offense" and a "premeditated and gratuitous act," District Judge David Wallace on Monday sentenced Jessica Beagley to 180 days in jail and a $2,500 fine, then suspended both sentences and told her she needed the time and money to help rebuild and heal her family.

Beagley could have been sentenced to as much as one year in prison. She must continue to receive counseling until professionals decide it is no longer needed.

Last week Beagley, 36, was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child abuse by a jury of three men and three women.

At the sentencing, Beagley addressed the court, saying she felt that it was her most important job as a mother to care for and teach her children.

"I have three little boys all with special needs. I have one little boy who is much more special...who came to me with special needs that I didn't know how to handle," she said.

Her husband, Gary, who is an Anchorage police officer, also addressed the court.

"We both love our children, our adopted and our biological. It makes no difference...we have 11 different therapy appointments every week. We are just trying to be the best parents we can," he said.

According to court documents, police began to investigate Beagley after she appeared with "Dr. Phil" McGraw in November 2010 of last year on a segment called "Mommy Confessions."

Beagley told McGraw about her difficulty disciplining her 7-year-old son, Kristoff. Video shot by her 10-year-old daughter showed Beagley at home in Alaska disciplining the boy.

Beagley and her husband adopted twin boys from Russia when they were 5 years old, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The boy seen drinking the hot sauce is one of the adopted children.

"We've tried a lot of different things to punish the kids," she said on the show.

On camera, Beagley is seen pouring hot sauce down the boy's throat as punishment for lying. Beagley, leaning over the boy as he sits on the bathroom counter, says, "Don't spit it."

The boy can be heard screaming when Beagley forces him to take a cold shower.

"When [he] gets a cold shower, I am at the end of my rope," Beagley said on the show. "Nothing's gotten the results that I want."

She told McGraw her son is "the biggest stress in my life."

Prosecutors had argued that Beagley performed the abuse to get a spot on the show. Her defense team argued that she came on the show in a desperate move to find ways to help her son.

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Missing Utah Mom Susan Powell: Media Invited to Help Search 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ELY, Nev.) -- Police have invited the media to join them in searching near a Nevada town Friday for information about Susan Powell, a Utah woman who disappeared two years ago while her husband and sons were camping.

The West Valley, Utah, police that have led the investigation descended on Ely, Nev., Friday after receiving what they called "credible information" that directed them there. The town is over 200 miles southwest of West Valley, where Powell, 28 at the time, lived with her husband, Josh, and their two children, then aged 2 and 4 years old.

At a press conference Friday in Ely, West Valley police invited the media along for the search. Sgt. Mike Powell, who is not related to the missing woman, told reporters that while he wouldn't share information about the tip that led them there or answer questions from reporters, but he wanted to include the media on the search.

ABC News affiliate ABC4 in Salt Lake City is en route to a gravel pit near Ely with West Valley investigators. The search may also include open, abandoned mineshafts. Police did not say what they expect to find there or how long they expect the search to take. Sgt. Powell said they will search multiple areas.

Detectives have been conducting searches and the media will be joining on "follow-up" searches, Sgt. Powell said.

Josh Powell, 34, has maintained that he and his sons had been camping the night his wife disappeared, on Dec. 6, 2009, in the middle of a blizzard, and that Powell left on her own. He has described his wife to the Salt Lake City Tribune as "extremely unstable."

Josh Powell has since taken his kids to live with his father, Steven Powell, in Washington State.

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Husband Arrested in Fatal Shooting of His Wife in New Jersey

WABC-TV/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The husband of a young mother who was gunned down in New Jersey while the couple was walking with their young son this week has been charged with her murder, and authorities have also arrested a woman from Boston in the killing.

Kashif Pervaiz, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the murder of his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27. U.S. marshals in Boston early Friday also arrested Antoinette Stephen, who has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons charges, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said at a press conference Friday.

Stephen is believed to be the shooter.

The shooting occurred Tuesday night in Boonton, N.J., as the couple, with their 3-year-old in a stroller, walked on a quiet suburban street after a meal with Norrani's family to break the Ramadan fast. The child was unhurt.

Bianchi said Pervaiz,who was wounded when his wife was killed, gave an account of the shooting "that there was a white male, three black males...various conflicting accounts, who had yelled out racial epithets and called them 'terrorists.'"

But he said authorities determined that it was Pervaiz himself who was responsible "for the causing of the murder of his wife."

Bianchi said Pervaiz "allegedly did the unthinkable: plotting the murder of his wife after a religious celebration."

Stephen's name was on the mailbox at Pervaiz's apartment in Boston, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

She is being held on $5 million bail and Pervaiz is being held on $1 million bail, Bianchi said.

Noorani's funeral was to be held Friday at the Jam E-Masjid Islamic Center in Boonton. She and her husband lived in Boston recently, but she attended high school in Boonton, where her family lives.

A family member Thursday told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV that Noorani sent relatives a chilling text message about a month ago showing she feared for her life. It read: "He abuses me. I don't want him to scare the kids. If you should find me dead someday. ... It was Kashi. He wants to kill me."

Family members had earlier expressed doubts about Pervaiz's version of the shooting.

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Mother of Four Vanishes, Niece Receives Cryptic Text

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(WINDER, Ga.) -- Police are searching for a missing Winder, Ga., mother of four who left behind two clues: her locked car, and a cryptic text message sent to a relative.

Tonya Faye Lynn, 38, had reportedly fought with her husband Tuesday night, Winder Police spokesman Chris Cooper told ABC News.

Her husband, Jim Lynn, told police that when he woke up Wednesday morning he assumed his wife had already left for work at Athens Regional Medical Center. The health center's spokesman Mike Pilcher declined to comment.

Tonya Lynn's niece, Christa Royster, reported her aunt missing around noon on Wednesday. Early that morning she had received a text message from Tonya Lynn's phone.

"The message basically said, 'take care of my kids and I love you,'" Cooper told ABC News.

When the niece tried to call back, Cooper said, she couldn't get through.

She called Tonya Lynn's husband, police said, who told her he didn't know where she was. On Tuesday three of the couple's four children spent the night elsewhere. According to Tonya Lynn's father, Earl Royster, his 14-year-old grandson stayed at a neighbor's home, his other grandson, 13, stayed with an uncle, and his 11-year-old granddaughter was with her aunt. Tonya Lynn's 7-year-old was the only child at her home.

While driving Lynn's daughter to school, Christa Royster noticed Tonya Lynn's car -- a white Chevy Tahoe -- parked at a local library.

The car was locked and nothing was out of place, police said. Cooper said nothing in their investigation so far points to any suspects.

In May, Jim Lynn was arrested by Winder police and charged with battery, Cooper said. In addition, Tonya Lynn had contacted police about her husband's temporary protective order violations. 

Her father Earl Royster, 72, who lives in Auburn, Ga., told ABC News the couple had filed for divorce in June. Tonya Lynn stayed with her sister-in-law, but eventually took her husband back, he said. The couple reportedly slept in different beds.

Jim Lynn wasn't immediately available for comment.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Winder police at 770-867-2156.

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Police: Children Say Mother Tried to Kill Them in Car Wreck

File photo. Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LINCOLNTON, N.C.) -- A North Carolina woman who was arrested Wednesday following a traffic collision that her daughters told police was intentional is facing additional charges that include child abuse and the possession of a controlled substance.

Teresa Caffrey, 41, drove the car off the road into a water drain Wednesday, damaging the left side of her 1998 Ford Taurus. Her two daughters, ages 7 and 8, according to police, were in the vehicle.

In addition to being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, Caffrey now faces two counts of child abuse, one count of careless and reckless driving, one count of failure to secure a child in a child seat and one count of possession of a controlled substance at a detention facility.

Her bond was upped by $10,500 Thursday, for a total of $50,500.

"We were dispatched to a motor vehicle wreck [on Wednesday]. While en route to the scene, we received a call saying that witnesses were reporting that the children were saying 'Mama wrecked the car on purpose,'" said Sgt. William Vaughn of the Lincolnton Police Department, who was one of the officers on the scene.

"Once we arrived, the children conveyed that information to my officers....The children were saying she had been arguing with their father and that she was 'mad at daddy' and that's why she wrecked the car," he said.

The children were brought to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries that included cuts and bruises. They were released and have been placed by the Department of Social Services with an aunt and a grandmother, according to Vaughn.

Vaughn said that Caffrey is estranged from her husband and that they currently live in separate households.

The Department of Social Services "checked on the children today, and they're doing fine," said Vaughn.

Vaughn said that police continue to investigate whether Caffrey was driving under the influence at the time.

Caffrey had a hearing Thursday morning on the assault with a deadly weapon charge, and faces another on Friday on the new charges filed Thursday.

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Obama Misstated Story about Mother's Health Care, New Book Says

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- During his 2008 presidential campaign and the fight for health care reform, President Obama often told the story of his mother Stanley Ann Dunham and how she spent the months before her death fighting with insurance companies who tried to deny her coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

That story is now being called into question by a new book which says Dunham in fact had health insurance when she died from ovarian cancer in 1995.

“My mother, when she got sick with ovarian cancer, she had just gotten a new job, and the insurance company was saying, ‘Well, maybe this is a pre-existing condition, so maybe we don't have to pay your medical bills.’ So I know what it's like to see a loved one suffer not just because they're sick, but because of a broken health care system. This is personal for me,” then-candidate Obama said at a March 2008 campaign event in Pennsylvania.

In A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, former New York Times reporter Janny Scott reveals that, although Obama claims Dunham was denied coverage because of a preexisting condition, she was actually only denied disability coverage.

The revelation is not being denied by the White House, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Dunham, an anthropologist, was working in Jakarta in 1994 when she began suffering from intense abdominal pains. At the time, she was working for the American company Development Alternatives, which provided her with health insurance.

An Indonesian doctor originally diagnosed Dunham with appendicitis and she debated going out of the country for an appendectomy. “‘You’ve got health insurance, that’s taken care of. We can cover the airfare. We can cover a few hundred dollars,'” Scott reports Dunham’s boss telling her at the time. Ultimately, Dunham stayed in Jakarta for the surgery.

In January 1995, an increasingly ill Dunham left Indonesia for Honolulu. Just days after her arrival, a gastroenterologist concluded her problem was not gastrointestinal and referred her to an oncologist who diagnosed her with third-stage uterine and ovarian cancer.

Shortly thereafter, she underwent a total hysterectomy and started a series of six monthly chemotherapy treatments. “In Honolulu, Ann pressed on gamely. According to her correspondence, Barry [Barack] helped her with insurance forms and letters in the immediate aftermath of her surgery,” Scott writes.

According to the book, however, Dunham’s insurance continued to cover her medical expenses when she was in Hawaii. “The hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses, which, she said, came to several hundred dollars a month. To cover those charges as well as living expenses, she filed a separate claim under her employer’s disability insurance policy. That policy, however, contain a clause allowing the company to deny any claim related to a preexisting medical condition,” Scott explains.

CIGNA, Dunham’s insurer, investigated whether her cancer was a pre-existing condition and later denied her claim based on an earlier visit to a gynecologist. Dunham then informed CIGNA that she was turning the case over to “‘my son and attorney, Barack Obama.’"

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