The biological mother of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son Matt says that after her son came under Sandusky’s guardianship, life became a nightmare.
Debra Long told ABC News that she watched as her son became enamored with the local hero and then increasingly frightened by Sandusky's behavior over the course of time.
The former Penn State football coach currently being charged with 40 counts of sex abuse against young boys for over 10 years.
Long told ABC News:
"It was Jerry Sandusky, you know? Any 10-year-old kid is going to be impressed by Penn State football. And then it was the gifts. You know, money and clothing and whatever … It was as if Jerry owned Matthew.
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. 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.'"
This is yet another interesting turn in the sexual abuse case of Jerry Sandusky and tellingly provides more info about the type of man Sandusky truly is.
He currently remains free on $100,000 bail as he awaits trial.