Adopted son says Jerry Sandusky molested him
June 21st, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Adopted son says Jerry Sandusky molested him

Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky's adopted children, has said that he was molested by the former Penn State defensive coordinator, according to a statement from his lawyers.

The allegation comes as Sandusky is awaiting the verdict in his child rape trial. Matt Sandusky, who has defended his father as he faced child rape charges, said through his attorneys Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici that he met with prosecutors this week to tell them he was a victim for the first time.

"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," Matt Sandusky's lawyers said in a statement obtained by InSession. "At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators."

No further details were released about the circumstances surrounding the alleged molestation or when Matt Sandusky claims the abuse occurred.

"This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy," a statement from Matt Sandusky's lawyer said. "There will be no further comment at this time."

Sandusky is currently facing accusations of sexual abuse from 10 alleged victims. Sandusky, 68, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child sex abuse over a 15-year period. He faces 48 counts in the trial.

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During closing arguments, defense attorney Joe Amendola sought to poke holes in the prosecution's case, pointing to inconsistencies with the testimony of Mike McQueary, a former graduate student and assistant coach who said he saw Sandusky apparently sodomizing a boy in a university shower.

He also reminded jurors of the lack of physical evidence and accused the alleged victims of conspiring for financial gain while blaming the media for what he described as biased coverage.

Lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan followed Amendola, rebuffing the defense's account of a coordinated action among Sandusky's accusers allegedly bent on financial gain.

"The great thing about conspiracy theories is you just let them go on and on, until they collapse under their own weight," he said.

McGettigan described the former coach as a pedophile who systematically preyed on his victims with a calculated and repeated approach.

"The Commonwealth has overwhelming evidence against Mr. Sandusky," he said.

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Jonah


    June 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      My thoughts exactly.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whynot11

    and boom goes the dynamite.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Susan Martin

    The final nail in the coffin. Mrs. S: Still defending him?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lol


    June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. slap me

    They better find him guilty now, or this will be the biggest farce of all time.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken in MD

      The problem is this info was not given to the jury as the case is already in diliberation. Hopefully they have enough to convict anyway.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Card

    How did this POS Fly under the Radar for so long??
    It's a bigger conspiracy then just Penn State?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jesus

    Sandusky is Christian, of course he molested children as that is what Christians do.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Isn't it grand to hate that much?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Truthdetector

    IT'S ALL OVER! Thanks, Matt for finally telling the truth!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. truedat

    Lock him up and put him in with the general population. Justice will be served quickly, "cell block" style, to short eyes Sandusky.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Double Jonah

    Double Wow

    June 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wonfish

    Oi vey.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    I knew this was coming. I remember reading that one of the victims said Matt acted weird when Jerry started "horsing around" in the shower.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Datch

    Been waiting for this one–figured all along that it must be the case. Wonder what the stoic, stand-by-your-man Dottie will have to say about this?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. generaliowa

    Oh good lord he did this to his own adopted children?

    This man deserves to rot in prison for a long time. Its too bad it took this long to catch him as he should have spent far longer rotting in prison than he will.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rock

    Yeah...he's done...

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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