Manti Te’o Not Talking, But Others Are — Sara Welch Reports

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LOS ANGELES — Manti Te’o isn’t talking, but many of the people who know him are.

The woman whose picture was used to represent this make-believe girlfriend — is identified as 23 year old Diane O”Meara of Torrance.

She’s reportedly has nothing to do with the hoax, but was former high school classmate of Ronaiah  Tuiasosopo — a friend of Teo’s and the alleged mastermind behind the elaborate story of deception.

In an interview with ESPN — a woman who didn’t want to be identified says Tuiasosopo — admitted to a church friend he’d fooled Te’o with the story of his dying girlfriend Lennay Kekua and it wasn’t the first such hoax he’d attempted.

“He told me that Manti was not involved at all, He was a victim. The girl was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie.”

The football star’s uncle told the New York Post, Tuiasosopo “needs to be prosecuted.”

Tuiasosopo — who lives here in Palmdale has yet to publicly comment on the scandal that tugged at the heartstrings of fans who listened over the years as Te’o talked about his girlfriends death from Leukemia — just 6 hours after his grandmother died last September.

Te’o reportedly learned the truth in early December — yet still spoke of Kekua and her story — at an awards dinner later that month. He has since admitted he got duped.

Notre Dame stands behind him.  The athletic director calling him an innocent victim of extreme cruelty.

There plenty of skeptics who know there are plenty of holes in this story — Te’o has gone quiet — but Notre Dame expects him to speak publicly in the next few days — and people are waiting to hear what he has to say.

–Sara Welch

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