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Sandusky Allegedly Confessed to Boy's Mother

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- New details have emerged about how Penn State failed to report the child sexual assaults allegedly committed by former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

According to prosecutors, the university had multiple opportunities to stop Sandusky's alleged abuse. In 1998 two boys reportedly came forward to say Sandusky had fondled them in the team's showers. Campus police had eavesdropped on a conversation between Sandusky and one boy's mother, who recently described the exchange to local reporter Sara Ganim with the Patriot News.

"He admitted to taking the shower, he admitted to some extent something bad happened," the woman, who was not identified, said. "He asked her for forgiveness. He said 'I probably won't get it from you,' and then he said 'I wish I were dead.'"

The mother said that she was proud of her son, who had the courage stand up to one of the giants of college football, according to Ganim. The boy's allegation led to the three-year grand jury investigation that resulted in sexual assault charges.

The allegations against Sandusky include eight named victims who have testified that the coach befriended them through the charitable organization he founded, tried to mentor the boys, plied them with gifts, trips to sporting events and access to the Penn State football facilities, and then sexually assaulted them.

The Penn State Board of Trustees broke their silence late Tuesday night to express outrage at the allegations surrounding Sandusky, and to say that a committee will be created to give a "a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report.”

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