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Former daughter-in-law accuses Sandusky of inappropriately touching son

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A former daughter-in-law of Jerry Sandusky is accusing the former Penn State assistant football coach of inappropriately touching her son.

Jill Thomas, the mother of three of Sandusky's grandchildren, said in a statement that she had kept silent to protect her children and their privacy, but could no longer remain quiet after a judge ruled Monday that Sandusky may have visits with his grandchildren.

Thomas said her children told her of that Sandusky inappropriately touched her son shortly after the former coach was charged with sexually abusing young boys.

"I immediately reported to the appropriate authorities that my children had disclosed possible abuse by Jerry Sandusky," Thomas said in a statement. "After weeks of waiting, I was recently informed by authorities that there was not enough evidence to criminally charge Jerry Sandusky in the case or for Centre County Children and Youth Services to 'indicate' abuse by Jerry Sandusky against my son."

"I was also advised at the same time that the psychologist who investigated the case had concerns about what had happened to my son and could not rule out that Jerry Sandusky was grooming my son for sexual abuse," she said. "The psychologist recommended that my son receive counseling and arrangements have been made for him to do so."

"I cannot understand how a court could place the desires of someone who is criminally charged with sexually abusing children above the safety of children," she said.

Thomas's attorney, Kimberly Hamilton, said in the statement that her client has never attempted to use the charges against Sandusky to gain more custody of her children from her ex-husband. She said the issue has nothing to do with custody.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, issued a statement in response to the allegation.

"Jill Thomas, Matt Sandusky's former wife and mother of his three children, has been involved in an unfortunate, nasty custody battle with Matt for many months," he said. "After Jerry was initially arrested on various charges last Nov. 5th, Jill went to authorities and alleged Jerry had abused her five year old son. We believe she made the Attorney General's Office aware of her allegations at that time."

"Jill's allegations, along with another unrelated allegation of abuse, were investigated by Centre County Children and Youth Services and presumably the AG's Office late last year and early this year. These two new separate allegations of abuse were reported by the media late last year. Jerry unequivocally denied these new allegations," he said.

"Last month, in the midst of the firestorm created by Jerry's arrests last November and December and despite the probable likely inclination by authorities to wrongly conclude Jerry abused other minors and after a thorough investigation into these two new allegations of abuse, Centre County CYS advised Jerry and me last month it had determined these allegations of abuse were unfounded," he said.

"The Court, in its decision today, left the issue of Jerry's visitation and communication with Jill's children up to the discretion of the judge presiding over the bitter custody battle that apparently continues to rage between Jill and Matt. Unfortunately, Jerry appears to have been dragged into this battle."

"The judge presiding over the custody action appointed a legal guardian in the custody action to represent Jill's children's best interests in the custody matter. The children's guardian submitted a letter to Judge Cleland last Friday indicating Jill's children wanted to see Jerry. Whether Jill's children get to see Jerry will be decided by the judge presiding over the custody battle. We have the utmost faith that judge will make his decision based upon the best interests of Jerry's grandchildren."

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