Authorities investigating allegations in 1993 that Michael Jackson had molested a boy spoke to a second child who also claimed to have been molested, but no charges were ever filed, a retired sheriff said.
Former Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Thomas said late Thursday the child was reluctant to testify and the case was abandoned.
He said the claims of molestation were not as severe as what was being alleged by the first boy. The boy who first accused Jackson of molesting him eventually stopped cooperating with authorities after his family secured a reported multimillion-dollar civil settlement with the pop superstar.
The second child could have been used as a corroborating witness if the primary victim had testified in court, Thomas said.