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. Bleb

    I'm going to comment on this article just by reading the headline. Oh my god why did he wait until the jury is in deliberations to say something! Why! Why! Why! Now I'm going to read the article.

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

      Imagine how ashamed the son must feel. The fact that he even came forward is amazing.Victims should never be blamed in this process, whether they come forward or not.

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

      It sure looks like he's guilty.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renefrancis1969

      I think they were all afraid of him including his wife. That is a family full of secrets. I will never believe that his wife wasn't at least curious about her husbands behavior.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. imahead

    500 years isn't long enough...

    June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    From this we can conclude that the Sandusky estate has been spent entirely on legal fees and the coach is now bankrupt. Otherwise, why would the adopted son risk being disinherited?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montanajau

      Maybe because he wants to do the right thing, Chuck. A few of us still believe in that.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      He isn't a monster like his father?

      June 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HangsHeadInShame

    the guy should be tarred, feathered and hung in an iron cage to rot from a lightpole on I95.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    If only the son had come out weeks ago–

    June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moi

    Keep in mind that the current jury is now sequestered and knows nothing about this breaking news.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lefty Cappichino

    This makes the whole thing even sadder. If he would have come forward sooner, perhaps some of these other victims would have been spared. There is no way his wife knew nothing of this. She should end up in a cell too.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rachel

    With this adopted son NOW coming forward after all is said and done w/the trial, something just doesn't seem right.

    Really. Why would he wait this long to come forward with abuse allegations?

    Nope, something doesn't add up with this whole thing. What a mess.

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

      My understanding is that he came forward early enough to testify and would have done so as a rebuttal witness if the prosecution had requested it. Maybe your conspiracy theory is lacking some facts?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    This being a new charge, if by some tragic miracle the jury manages to aquit this guy, would he then be subject to a new trial for molesting his son?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Purzycki

    48 yrs ago it happened to me and the viictims sharing of what happened is the truth I experienced. It. Sandusky is the lowest form of human being. Prison is not enough punishment and the people who turned there cheek is just as fault.

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

      I'm so sorry for what happened to you Robert. I hope you have been able to heal.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

    Where's that father from Texas when you need him?

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

      So with you on that comment! Too bad laws aren't set to protect children – I'm all for capital punishment on this one.

      To the affected young men, may you find the strength to heal and know that we honor your courage.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tam

    Why did this adopted son wait so long? Another trial in the works?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GovBlago

    Hope he packs the KY. Now the boys in prison will show him the light. Enjoy Jerry.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KC

    Pablo...your world is very small and sour. How do you breathe the fumes? Or is that the problem?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patiently Waited...

    I was wondering if any of his adopted children had anything to add to this mix of disguist. It is very disappointing that he wasn't called as a witness for the prosecution though, that would of made their case a slam dunk. Maybe they are holding on to him in case these jurors don't get it right. IDK but jerry needs to be put away forever.

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

      I would actually go with the death penalty if it is allowed too late to play the sick/crazy card

      June 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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