The closing arguments in Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse trial were made today, but that doesn’t mean that the allegations won’t stop coming. Matt Sandusky, the former Penn State coach’s adopted son, claimed today that he was also abused as a child.
Matt defended Sandusky during the initial investigation but today said that he was a victim of his adopted father’s abuse. Matt’s lawyers released a statement saying:
“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse. At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators…. This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt… There will be no further comment at this time.”
ABC reports that Jerry Sandusky is currently standing trial on 48 counts of sexual abuse against 10 (excluding Matt) victims.
During the closing arguments today, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said that Sandusky had stolen “pieces of 10 souls” and asked the jury to return a guilty verdict.
“That’s the person who did it, right there. It’s not about conspiracies, fame or fortune or money. I ask you not to forget that they were boys, and what Mr. Sandusky did to them.”
Sandusky’s lawyer, Joseph Amendola, argued that the case had been unfairly represented in the media and that the allegations against his client were false.
The jury is currently deliberating over the Jerry Sandusky case. If found guilty of all 48 counts, Sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison.