A Philadelphia man appeared on the Dr. Phil television program Friday to accuse former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky of participating in a child prostitution ring more than 30 years ago.
The same day, the mans hometown paper, the Philadelphia Daily News, published a story in which sources called into question Greg Bucceronis stories of abuse and his credibility.
In the TV interview with host Phil McGraw, Bucceroni described traveling to State College with Philadelphia-area businessman and accused child molester Ed Savitz in the 1970s to visit The Second Mile and meet Sandusky.
Bucceroni said plans for him to have sex with Sandusky that day did not materialize. Bucceroni said he was to be paid $200 to have sex with Sandusky.
But he said Savitz, Sandusky and other men at The Second Mile had pictures of naked boys and were trading them like baseball cards.
Bucceroni said the mens mood changed when they were told that head football coach Joe Paterno had arrived at The Second Mile building that day.
They did not want Joe Paterno to find out about our secret, Bucceroni said.
Savitz died while awaiting trial for child abuse in 1993.
Travis Weaver, who says Sandusky molested him when he was a young boy, also appeared on the show Friday. Weaver has filed a suit against Penn State under the name John Doe.
Weaver did not testify at Sanduskys trial in June, when the ex-coach was convicted on 45 of 48 counts.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Daily News report cited several sources, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, who dont believe Bucceronis claims that he was involved in a child sex ring.
Rendell was Philadelphia district attorney during the time Bucceroni says he was abused by Savitz and met Sandusky.
That guy is completely crazy, Rendell told the Daily News. I dont know anything about what hes talking about, and none of its true. The guy is just crackers.
Bucceroni told the Dr. Phil show that he told Philadelphia police in the early 1980s about an alleged child prostitution ring and Sanduskys involvement, but he was not believed.
The newspaper reported: Law-enforcement officials, a close relative and others familiar with Bucceronis claims say that his story is baloney, that hes just playing the media, and that Dr. Phil is only the latest victim.
He now claims to be at the center of a conspiracy and political cover-up involving Sandusky, the Second Mile, Philly police brass, murdered cop Daniel Faulkner, the state Attorney General's Office, Ed Rendell, the Union League, the Mafia, Savitz, Abraham, a deceased Brooklyn high school football coach, former Penn professor Scott Ward and former Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin.