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Sandusky’s adopted son claims he was abused too

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The defense rested its case yesterday and closing arguments were made this morning. Now, the jury will begin deliberating whether former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is guilty of 48 counts — three more were dropped this morning — related to child-sex abuse.

Now, another allegation has been made public, this time by Sandusky’s own adopted son, Matt Sandusky.

Through his attorney, Andrew Shubin, Matt claims he too was a victim of his adopted father’s sexual abuse. Now 33, Matt told the Patriot-News that he met with prosecutors this week to say he was willing to testify against his adoptive father, of whom he denied any previous abuse.

“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment,” Shubin said in a statement.

Matt did not testify during Sandusky’s trial, though alleged Victim 4 told jurors during his testimony that Matt Sandusky was present when Jerry Sandusky began touching him during a shower. He went on to say Matt left when the alleged assault began.

One of Sandusky’s attorneys, Karl Rominger, told reporters “there [are] a lot of questions” regarding Matt’s new allegation, but would not comment further citing a gag order.

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23 Responses to “Sandusky’s adopted son claims he was abused too”
  1. pictureamerica says: Jun 21, 2012 5:41 PM

    June 21
    Oooops. The jury will not know about the adopted son of the assistant coach. Yet, the public knows. Thus, the decision of the jury will be weighed in light of this important part of the story. Hang on!

  2. realdealsteel says: Jun 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    Electrocute Jerry Sandusky as soon as possible.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 21, 2012 6:23 PM

    Jerry Sandusky abused so many children so many times. For some time so many friends and I have thought he would have abused his children as well. Now we have confirmation. It just makes me sicker. The abuse these men suffered as children will affect them with severe problems for years to come, likely their lifetimes. May justice come to Sandusky soon.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:31 PM

    If, by some remote chance, this (goody two shoes) jury were to find him not guilty (just to protect Penn State), they should rot in hell with this pervert.

  5. dawglb says: Jun 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    Absolutely disgraceful. This man (Jerry) is an absolutely sickening individual. If he gets placed in a prison with the general public (and I hope he does), he will get his…..

  6. bigjdve says: Jun 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    I don’t know if he is guilty or not, I wasn’t at the trial. Everything that I have seen would point me to guilt.

    However, using the son as leverage to have Sandusky not testify in his own behalf, there has to be some rule against prosecutors seemingly blackmailing the defense.

    Matt had previously denied any wrongdoing by his father, why does he come out late in the trial after the prosecution rests and right as the defense is getting ready to? I question his motives, this isn’t something that just happened. He also defended his father.

    My point about the “blackmail”, is that something that the defense can come back and ask for a mistrial about? I would hope not but in this system of technicalities, I would hate to see him get off.

  7. kozbee says: Jun 21, 2012 7:54 PM

    He`s guilty as sure as the sun will shine tomorrow due to 48 counts.Jerry even liked keeping it in the family.Sicko.I doubt he gets off the hook,look how many dads and moms & sons would like to tear him apart.

  8. 12is3times4 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:58 PM

    thefiesty1: “If, by some remote chance, this (goody two shoes) jury were to find him not guilty (just to protect Penn State), they should rot in hell with this pervert.”

    If, by some remote chance, this (goody two shoes) jury were to find him not guilty (just to protect Penn State), at least now there is a new charge to try him for – one that, not being part of the original case, does not constitute double jeopardy.

  9. cburmester85 says: Jun 21, 2012 8:09 PM

    All I can hope comes of this is Sandusky is convicted and has the pleasure of being put in general population. The things that will happen to him there are going to be far worse than death and I’m sure after these things happen to him he will be hopeing for death. Unfortunately if convicted he will be protected and put by himself where he’ll be able to live out his life with TV, books a bunch of other privileges he doesn’t deserve.

  10. Deb says: Jun 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    @bigjdve …

    Matt Sandusky, like the other children this monster abused, was traumatized by his experiences. In fact, because the Sanduskys adopted him, his feelings would be even more conflicted than those of the other victims. It was difficult for prosecutors to get any of these victims to testify. His behavior hasn’t been any different than anyone else’s. But in the end, he didn’t want to risk this maniac’s acquittal. So he offered to serve as a rebuttal witness in the event that his “father” took the stand to deny the allegations. That’s not blackmail. Both prosecution and defense have the right to call rebuttal witnesses to address specific testimony.

    Sandusky could have taken the stand anyway. Clearly, he did not want someone within his own household to refute his testimony.

  11. horses721 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    You have to be nuts to think that Sandusky is not a pedophile. I’d like to here from any morons that think he is innocent.

  12. lbijake says: Jun 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    Four rhings you do not want to be in prison:
    1. Child molester
    2. Rapist
    3. Thief
    4. Snitch

    Since Sandusky will be in for 1 and 2, little chance (unfortunately) that he will hitbgen pop.

  13. pantherpro says: Jun 21, 2012 10:09 PM

    All you Penn St morons should be totally embarrassed by this cover up led by Joe Paterno.Why you treat him like a god is really pathetic. All you coal mining freaks should realize he knew everything and took it to his sorry grave!! Hope he had guilt when he said goodbye!

  14. stevenfbrackett says: Jun 21, 2012 10:15 PM

    Though the evidence of guilt presented was overwhelming, I can see one of the many Penn St/Second Mile-connected jurors holding out for innocence. Just look at how many people still refuse to believe Paterno *may* have done something wrong by not reporting the abuse the multiple times he was informed of it.

    But, I am also confident that Sandusky will face his due eventually. If there is a hung jury or mistrial declared he can be retried. If something makes the state charges impossible to prosecute — he is still known to have taken boys out of the state for bowl games and such and abused them at the game city. That is a federal offense and the feds have been investigating him for months. Who knows, maybe the Pres and AD will decide to take a deal and testify against him.

  15. brenenostler says: Jun 22, 2012 2:57 AM

    All this time, I was never 100% sure if he really was guilty. But wow, this story did it for me. Highly doubt his own son would go against him if it didn’t happen. Lock him up.

  16. florida727 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:28 AM

    I have no doubt that he’s guilty, so don’t interpret this as ‘sympathy’ or whatever, but I question why his son didn’t testify. Why would the prosecutor not put him on the stand? You’d think this would have been the final nail in the proverbial coffin for this guy.

    The only logical explanation is the one #12is3times4 offered up. By not including him in the original indictment, the prosecutor has a second bullet to fire is for some idiotic reason the jury acquits him.

    Will be interesting to see how long deliberations last. Can it really take that long? You’d think a decision would be forthcoming pretty quickly. Your new 6′ x 8′ cinder block residential palace is waiting, Jerry. You’ll be ‘popular’ there.

  17. abninf says: Jun 22, 2012 9:46 AM

    horses721 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    You have to be nuts to think that Sandusky is not a pedophile. I’d like to here from any morons that think he is innocent.

    I’d like to hear from the people who actually gave you a thumbs down. They haven’t had the courage to post so far.

  18. trojan33sc says: Jun 22, 2012 11:48 AM

    Attaboy Jerry !!

    Don’t leave any stone/booty unturned or unmolested ! There’s a special kind of HELL waiting for you , you sick F$%K !!!

  19. dolfan66r says: Jun 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    Spanier and Curley should burn too. 10 days before the indictment and his arrest Sandusky had a boy from Second Mile in the Presidents suite at the PSU football game. Spanier and Curley had already given their false testimony months earlier but knew of his history for 10 years and yet there he was with the President with a kid in tow! Let them all fry!!!!

  20. dkhhuey says: Jun 22, 2012 2:59 PM

    I have a feeling that even if he is housed away from the general population, somebody, someday will get to him for some prison justice!!!

  21. Deb says: Jun 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    @florida727 …

    They said on the news this morning that several young men who didn’t want to testify, including Matt Sandusky, will testify if this trial should end in a hung jury or an acquittal. That was smart thinking on the part of prosecutors to have a backup plan. Also, they mentioned these other young men are helping in the ongoing investigations against Second Mile and Penn State. So they may testify in those cases. Even if Sandusky is convicted, this case will continue.

  22. Deb says: Jun 22, 2012 9:17 PM

    Sandusky certainly has a lot of supporters here. Sad … and very, very scary.

  23. Deb says: Jun 22, 2012 9:18 PM

    Either that, or some people have extremely sick priorities.

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