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Football abuse scandal devastates small mountain town

• Reuters

But with the former assistant Penn State University football coach now accused of sexually abusing eight boys, the Lock Haven area finds itself with unwelcome notoriety as the home of the boy whose allegations sparked the Pennsylvania attorney general's investigation.

Many here are now second-guessing their interactions with a man known as a legend in college football and asking the unthinkable question: if the allegations against Sandusky are true, could someone they know have been sexually abused?

Sandusky has denied the abuse charges, although he told NBC News he did sometimes shower with boys, which he now regrets.

Lock Haven is a town of about 10,000 on the banks of the Susquehanna River, surrounded by forests and hills. Most of the homes are modest and trailers dot the landscape. Wal-Mart is the place to catch up with neighbors, and the unpretentious downtown hosts a handful of restaurants and shops.

"There honestly isn't much to do," one local youth said. "Most kids just play videogames. A lot of kids get into drugs. Mostly just hang out, listen to music, smoke pot and party. Or they lift weights. And hang out at the gym."

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