Jerry Sandusky laughed and maintained his innocence regarding sex abuse allegations during a recent interview from prison. The former assistant football coach at Penn State is serving a 30 to 60-year sentence.
Sandusky was convicted last year of 45 counts of sexual abuse stemming from his time at Penn State. He never took the stand during his trial, but he publicly insisted both before and after the trial that he is innocent of all charges.
The former assistant football coach spoke with documentary filmmaker John Ziegler from prison. Ziegler is working on a film that focuses on what he called the railroading of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was forced out of the college during the Sandusky scandal.
In an investigation by the university, Paterno and other top school officials were found guilty of turning a blind eye to reports of Sandusky abusing children. But Sandusky appeared to exonerate both himself and Paterno. Ziegler asked Sandusky if Paterno would have let him continue coaching if he believed Sandusky was guilty of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky responded by saying, “If he absolutely thought I was, I’d say no. If he had a suspicion, I don’t know the answer to that.” But the investigation by Penn State claimed that the head coach and others did not inform outside authorities about the abuse allegations.
Sandusky maintained his innocence in the interview tapes, which were released on Monday during NBC’sThe Today Show. While he denied inappropriate contact, the former assistant coach admitted he may have “tested boundaries.” He added, “Yeah, I hugged them… Maybe I shouldn’t have showered with them. Yeah, I tickled them.”
Sandusky went on to say, “I looked at them as being probably younger than even some of them were. But I didn’t do any of these horrible acts and abuse these young people. I didn’t violate them. I didn’t harm them.” But a jury didn’t agree. And unless Jerry Sandusky wins his appeal, he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.