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. Diane

    I find it so hard to believe that his wife had no knowledge of what was happening to her own son (an others) under her roof.

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

      That is how pedophiles work. No one suspects them. Not even those closest to them. It takes getting caught or a victim speaking up.

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

      she knew, Im 100% sure.....she was no doubt in total denial. If the mind can convince itself a sky faery (god) exists, then it too can convince itself that someone is not being molested in there house........ask me how I know? My mom was a militant sky faery believer, but never did acknowledge my dad molesting my sisters. Even after they went to the police, and ran away from home at 15, she portrayed them as troubled (they certainly were) drug addicts (which they did end up).

      June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. longtooth

    There is no excuse for Sandusky's behavior. This loser ruined a lot of lives and reputations.

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

      Hopefully he will be put in the General Prison Population for the rest of his life.........which will probably be very short.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sillyscared

    God help him. So many people hurt by this.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JOE

    sandusky is going to meet a lot of nice guys in jail

    June 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sicko

    It wasn't a coincidence that he adopted FIVE BOYS from bad situations.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Silly Baggers!

    Just when I thought he might walk with just an ounce of doubt placed by his defense the hammer drops. Wow!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • marco

      @SillyBaggers! The courtroom didn't hear about this. The case already went to the jury.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan Halen

    When this case is over with the authorities really need to find out what happened to the DA that disappeared a few years ago. There is more to this.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mancee Grace

    And he waited until the case went before the jury to say something. When Sandusky walks, I hope Matt takes a good long look in the mirror.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sckc

      If he walks, then charges will be brought against him for his molestation of Matt. Do not blame Matt, you should be praising him for coming forward at all.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. vijay

    What about Mitt Romney's Son?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • vijay sux

      how about your kids? a;though i doubt you have the balls to father any. creep

      June 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry Sandusky

    I didn't do it! Honest!!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alvin

    The most sickening part about this crime is that it was able to go on for so long. And it makes you realize that there are kids today who are suffering as people look away. I hope something good can come out of this (CNN?) and it goes beyond a sensational story.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kat

    The totality of the evidence tells me the perp will be in jail for the rest of his natural life.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Poor Richard

    So very coincidental that this is just coming to light and that the civil attorney who stands to make mega bucks makes the announcement and not the prosecutor.
    Will it serve as a possible basis for a new trial because of prejudice?
    The only ones who are looking worse than Sandusky are the lawyers.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Genny

    Wow!!!! Why would he wait until the last minute to say something?! That's crazy!!!!

    This should be a quick verdict! He's GUILTY! He deserves to go away for a VERY long time! He's a sick, sick man.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moi

    If Obama had a son, he'd likely be too good for Penn State and instead be headed for Harvard.

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