On Nov. 4, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted by a Centre County (PA) grand jury on 40 counts involving the sexual molestation of eight underaged boys, at least one of whom was 10 years old at the time he was allegedly sodomized in the shower of the school’s football building.
On Dec. 7, Sandusky was arrested on nine new charges related to the sexual molestation of two additional underaged victims, at least one of whom claims he was sexually assaulted in the home of Jerry and Dottie Sandusky.
A day after her husband’s most recent arrest, and shortly after the Big Ten issued its first statement on the child sex-abuse scandal, Sandusky’s wife has issued her own statement regarding the allegations and accusations that could see the former Nittany Lions football coach spend the rest of his life behind bars. Below is Dottie Sandusky‘s statement as released by her husband’s attorney to StateCollege.com and presented without comment:
I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State College Communities.
I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn’t respond to his cries for help.
As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don’t know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.
I continue to believe in Jerry’s innocence and all the good things he has done. Jerry’s many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive memories of those kids keep me going. I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence.
I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad time in our lives.