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Penn State scandal leads to mother-son chat, and sex abuse arrest of Calif. babysitter

Jordan Liu
Glendale Police Dept./CBS Los Angeles
(CBS LOS ANGELES/AP) GLENDALE, Calif. - A Southern California mother got a surprise when she sat her 8-year-old son down for a frank talk after hearing about the Penn State child molestation investigation.

The boy told her he was sexually assaulted 11 days earlier by a babysitter hired through an Internet web site.

Glendale police detectives then found evidence the boy and his 3-year-old brother had been molested.

The mother said she didn't suspect the abuse when she raised the subject with her 8-year-old.

The Pasadena Star-News says 19-year-old Jordan Liu, who was arrested Nov. 22, pleaded not guilty on Monday to eight counts of child molestation. He's in jail with bail set at $2.7 million pending a Jan. 5 hearing.

The family had employed Liu through Sittercity.com for the past eight months, according to CBS Los Angeles.

"The service, which provides sitters, nannies and parents an opportunity to connect, is cooperating in the investigation," a press release from the Glendale Police Department said.

In a statement to CBS Los Angeles, Sittercity said, "As soon as it was brought to our attention, we terminated Mr. Liu's account and notified anyone who may have had contact with him about the termination."

Police believe Liu may have more victims. Their investigation found that he may have conversed with over 100 parents through Sittercity.com, but it is unknown how many families actually have hired him.

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