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. tfl0007

    All about timing...

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

    I wonder if Jerry Sandusky was himself abused as a child... apparently a large number of pedophiles were themselves abused... Hopefully, Jerry will undergo some serious therapy while in jail

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

      A large number of abused never become abusers though. Even if he was abused, and I've never heard anything to indicate that is the case, he made a choice to prey on those young men (including his adopted son and how many others?) so I have absolutely no sympahty for anyone who uses that argument.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      Taylor ~ the therapy he is going to get isn't the kind I think you're referring to

      June 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. madjim

    Damn, talk about a final bullet for the prosecution.

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

    Wow indeed! This will pretty much be the nail in his coffin....

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

    Let us presume the jury never heard any of this from his adopted son, so the HUGE question is: Why did the son wait until the trial was over and the jury was deliberating to make his statement to the prosecutors. They can't do anything with his allegation now, except, I guess, file new charges against Sandusky and have a whole new trial. What a waste.

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

      Yes, they could try him on the new charge. I suspect if by chance he walks on the current charges, which I doubt he will, but if he does, they can charge him with the new allegations. I would have to wonder if some type of plea deal is not already in the works before the jury finishes deliberating.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Safe in Texas

    I find it odd his wife defends him but she never thought to go down to the basement when ol Jerry was down there with all those boys at different times? Come on! You cannot tell me she didn't suspect something.

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

    unfortunately I'm not surprised ... and for anyone saying he should have come forward earlier, you have no idea what it's like to be in his shoes so shut it!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jacqueline

    I don't understand why they waited until it was in the jury's hands to announce this?

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

      Maybe so if they lose this case they still have another to try?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Honey

    Prayers being said for Matt Sandusky tonight. You are a very brave and courageous man.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peter

    Deserves to die in prison and let the prisoners do the same thing he did to those kids,

    June 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. conwell2549

    If the stepson was molested why didnt they bring him into court with the others

    June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CSUNikki

    Wow... But sadly why am I not totally surprised?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. derby9d

    Hope all the witnesses who defended him will sleep well tonight.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RSS

    Wow is right.........WOW!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just Saying

    I'm horrified by all of this. If the abuse is found to be true and Jerry Sandusky is convicted, it is absolutely terrible. If it is found that all of these accusers have a motive to accuse this man, again, terrible.

    However, I'm a little leary as to why the young Mr. Matt Sandusky waited so long to speak up. It feels awkward, now that he has spoken up the full details are being withheld.

    What are we missing here? What caused the delay in reporting the alleged abuse?
    Why did he defend Jerry then recant?
    This is a poorly reported story by all parties releasing this information.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlyontheWall

      yes it is, but it is certainly not the Sons fault.......abuse and the timing of when your ready top open up about it, and finally get the courage to speak up is not relevant to the timeline of this trial. I feel for the Son, what a horrible thing to feel compelled to do, I can only imagine what he must be going through.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      Have you ever gone public to a nationwide/worldwide audience (not to mention your family) about being molested by your dad? That he came forward at all is a pretty big deal. A lot of people wouldn't have, and don't.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet1984

      wow really? you think it's an easy thing for a grown man to admit to having been se x ually abused, let alone destroy his whole family in the process? I'm sure he was in denial and afraid and humiliated, but finally decided that he needed to back the stories of these poor young men who have been accused of lying for financial gain. Maybe he wanted to give that evidence to the prosecutors before it's too late, so it could be used in the trial, but it took him awhile to make the decision and build up the courage. Use your brain, really.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • anniewill

      Dear Just Saying: Do you think the young man who was raised by Jerry Sandusky and his family – they took him in at the age of ten – who carries his name is a little conflicted? How difficult would it be to come forward to report the man who raised you (and his wife by association) and be willing to put him in jail. Tough. I applaud the young man. He did the right thing but I'm sure it was very hard.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • stef24

      Perhaps Dottie Sandusky holds the answer to your question. You saw her on that stand...what did she do? DENY DENY DENY. Perhaps Matt Sandusky was afraid his mom wouldn't believe him? Perhaps he was afraid NO ONE would believe him...after all, his dad was part of the almighty Penn State Nittany Lions football team.

      Maybe Jerry threatened him if he ever told?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • stef24

      I stand corrected...we did not actually see Dottie on the stand...we only heard her repeated denials.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      Because the abuser took him in and gave him a home. I am sure Matt Sandusky has very mixed emotions about saying anything. It shouldn't be hard to understand. The Penn State football program knew what was going on for a long time and did nothing. They gave him the keys to the locker room even when he was no longer a coach. Sandusky was even told to not bring any kids with him to the field or the locker room and he just ignored it. Anyone wants to follow a conspiracy theory should be looking into the disappearence of the prosecuter who disappeared after not filing charges against him way back in the 90's.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
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