Jerry Sandusky Introduces ‘Hygiene’ Defense, Says He Was Teaching Boys How to Shower

Jerry Sandusky has a perfectly good reason for showering with young boys. He wanted to teach them about good hygiene. An attorney for the former Penn State coach admitted that his client had showered with boys from his Second Mile Charity but denied that there was anything sexual about the showers.

According to attorney Karl Rominger, Sandusky was just teaching the children how to shower.

Rominger told WHTM:

“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills. Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.”

Yahoo reports that Rominger’s statement about Sandusky’s shower habits doesn’t exactly match up to what Sandusky said in his interview with Bob Costas. Sandusky previously said that he horsed around with boys in the shower, but never mentioned anything about practicing hygiene.

Sandusky is currently facing more than 50 counts of sexual abuse. The former Penn State is being accused of abusing 10 boys over the course of 15 years. Sandusky recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Here’s a report from Newsy.

Do you buy Jerry Sandusky’s hygiene defense?