HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The young man whose claims of abuse began the criminal investigation that put Jerry Sandusky in prison says he contemplated suicide because authorities took so long to prosecute the former Penn State assistant football coach.
Aaron Fisher is speaking out publicly by name for the first time. He tells ABC in an interview airing today that the Pennsylvania attorney general's office had told him it needed more victims before Sandusky would be charged.
Fisher says the long delay made him increasingly desperate. He says he thought "maybe it would be easier to take myself out of the equation."
Fisher was known as Victim 1. He testified at Sandusky's trial. Sandusky was sentenced last week to at least 30 years in prison for molesting Fisher and nine other boys.
APPHOTO NYET258: This undated image released by ABC shows ABC News' Chris Cuomo, left, with Aaron Fisher, 18, a victim of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky during an interview airing Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 on the news magazine show "20/20," at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Sandusky wants his child sexual abuse charges tossed out "and/or" a new trial, saying the statute of limitations had run out for many of the 45 counts for which he was convicted in June. Currently in a county jail near State College, he is awaiting transfer to the state prison system to begin serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. Fisher said he was 11 when he met Sandusky and was abused during weekend visits at the Sandusky home. (AP Photo/ABC News) (19 Oct 2012)
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