At least Jerry Sandusky’s wife believes in him; she said in an interview that he is innocent, despite having been convicted of sexually abusing ten boys.
Dottie Sandusky said on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday that the claims were all about monetary gain and that “there was nothing that went on because I was here” in the couple’s small home in State College, Pa.
One of the boys had said that his screams were not heard by Mrs Sandusky, but she says the reason she didn’t hear them was because they never happened.
She took interviewer Matt Lauer on a tour of the house. “It’s not a dungeon,” she said of the basement.
She believes that those who had accused Jerry Sandusky had been manipulated. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”
In that respect, she was right. There was money, lots of money. In October, Penn State announced it was paying nearly $60 million to settle abuse claims by 26 young men.
Dottie said she knew that her husband showered with children but “that’s the generation that Jerry grew up in.”
She said nothing sexual happened in the showers. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”
Jerry Sandusky is currently serving a 30- to 60-year sentence,and is requesting the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal.
Dottie Sandusky visits her husband once a week in prison but is not allowed any physical contact. He is confined to his cell for 23 hours a day. He reads, meditates, writes and has a television, which Dottie says is a real lifesaver for him.
“Some of our grandchildren are old enough that they know what’s been going on, and they’ve been told what’s been going on,” she said. “They know who their pop is and what he was.”
Mrs Sandusky broke down several times during the interview, When asked what her husband misses most, she replied, “Family meals, the fun times with the grandkids, playing ball, doing special things with friends.”
She said that her husband has maintained a positive attitude, “Jerry’s still a happy person, and he smiles, and he tries to make people laugh, and he said, `I’m in the situation I’m in and I’m going to make the best I can out of it.'”