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. burnabyjoefan

    Yeah.. this can't get any weirder. Can we execute him now?

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

    I don't think this new evidence is admissable in this case though...

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

      Don't you imagine that is why they waited until the case went to trial?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawyer

      Im not sure about PA, but in a lot of states a post-trial appeal is mandatory when there is new evidence obtained within 30 days. Even if not mandatory, it's definitely an option

      June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WOW

    Who has not been molested by this guy?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotMe

      I'm about 3 hrs from where this is taking place...I haven't! 😉

      June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Uh Oh!

    I don't understand, why would he wait until the case goes to the jury to say something?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ethics Board

    Though I feel bad for him, with didn't he say something before the jury went into deliberations?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    I agree...wow, wow!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ali Baba

    I support Jerry! He is innocent! Release him at once!

    Nothing but people out to take his money. I hope he coaches again.

    Long Live Jerry!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • donny

      Ali Baba, you either have info that no one else has heard about sandusky, OR you just love the attention whether it be negative or positive. Wonder which it is? Im gonna go with attention.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    He's done, this is not a human being.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wondering999

    Oh, now this goes beyond the beyond. *can't stop shaking head*

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Colin

    If it's true that is absolutely terrible. But I still have reservations about it though. Why come out now, the day things move into deliberation?? Seems like something else is going on behind the scenes on the defense side.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It was just told to the media today, likely held back since he wasn't part of the initial charges so as not to affect them, he had been talking to the prosecutors earlier so there is nothing really too off about it.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • earthshoes44

      They want to make sure he doesn't walk. If–for some reason–Jerry is found not-guilty, he can be tried again in a separate case. No double-jeopardy.

      Too–Would you want to admit to this publicly? Especially if you knew your father had been molesting other boys and you didn't do anything to stop it? Even though it was in no way this young man's fault, victims often blame themselves and if they know someone else was abused by the same person who violated them, the guilt is redoubled.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Welp, nail in the coffin. Even if he gets out of the current trial he will have another one that will be pretty damn difficult to escape from.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Not necessarily, the jury does not & will not get the info about this Step-Son until after the trial. He didn't come forth because he did not want his testimony to convict his DEVIL, I meant Step Dad

      June 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Ok. I think he might be guilty.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lori

    NOT surprised one bit, hope he rots.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    Oh the things that this guy deserves... I'm all for castrating him and dropping him on an island with no food, no trees, and extreme sun.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      Cage match to the death against someone in prison, put it on Pay Per View, and let the money go to the victims.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Logical Arbiter

    Just put a bullet in the freak's head and save society from having to pay for his sorry ass to rot in jail. Complete waste of a human being and yet another distraction from the real problems facing the world.

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