Sandusky's wife claims he's innocent, victims manipulated

Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:44am EDT
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By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) - The wife of convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky said on Wednesday that he was innocent and that victims who testified against him were manipulated for money.

In her first television interview on the subject, Dottie Sandusky said on NBC's "Today" show that she believed her husband's contention that he had never molested boys, including incidents in their home in State College, Pennsylvania.

Jerry Sandusky, 70, a former defensive coordinator at Pennsylvania State University, was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including on campus.

"I think they were manipulated. Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money," she said of the victims who testified in the 2012 trial.

Asked about newspaper commentators' contention that she was complicit in the abuse, Sandusky said, "I'm not a weak spouse."

"As you know, they called me 'Sarge' because Jerry said I kept everybody in line. If they want to say that, let them say that."

Penn State said in October it had paid $60 million to 26 men to settle the bulk of claims against it stemming from the scandal. They included one from the Sanduskys' adopted son Matt.

Sandusky told "Today" she believed her husband's contention that he was innocent.   Continued...

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (L) and his wife Dottie arrive for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to hold him for trial on charges of sexually abusing boys, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, December 13, 2011. SREUTERS/Pat Little