"I felt that I couldn't do things, accomplish things, pursue things, live out as Ronaiah," Tuiasosopo said. "And I felt the need to create this. It has everything to do with what I went through as a child."
Tuiasosopo did not identify his alleged attacker by name and did not say whether he had told police about his claim.
His father, Titus Tuiasosopo, said it was difficult to hear the details of the abuse his son suffered.
"When he told me the location, the time, I could go back and vividly remember those trips, the times that these guys came over," he said. "That part, right there, was kind of gut wrenching for me."
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo said he built the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell in love with despite never meeting in person. Tuiasosopo then killed off the character last September.
He said creating Kekua - who met Te'o online during the player's freshman year at Notre Dame - allowed him to live in an alternate reality, and helped validate that he was a good person.
"When I looked at Lennay through Manti's eyes, I got a glimpse of who I was as far as my heart," said Tuiasosopo, who told McGraw that he fell in love with Te'o.
When Deadspin.com exposed the hoax in a story on Jan. 16, the report raised questions about whether Te'o was in on it. But Te'o denied he was involved and Tuiasosopo also said the all-American had nothing to do with the scam.
Tuiasosopo apologized to Te'o, Notre Dame, his own family and everyone else affected by the hoax during the interview.