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. Adam's Mom

    Most therapists will tell you that the spouse usually knows.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobTBuilder

      The wife knew and lied for this monster. Hope they lock her up too.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Angie

    It takes a lot of courage to come out with a very painful experience by a man that adopted you... I can't even imagine.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kris

    Well, at least if the jury fails to convict we know he'll be back in court for another allegation. That is a good thing.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hear Ye

    A one-celled organism has more human integrity than this monster. Kill him!

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

    I doubt if the jury will even hear about this so it is unlikely to be prejudicial in the deliberations. Usually for cases like this with lots of media blather, the jurors are sequestered and they don't have access to news media. As for the adoptee's timing, who can say why he waited so long. This kind of thing is staggeringly difficult to bring up about one's father (I have yet to ever say anything regarding my own experience with my dad and I may never do so – first because he might deny it and second, it would only hurt my mom, either because she believes me or because she DOESN'T and ends up being alienated because she thinks I'm lying.

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

      I feel for you Charlotte. I am in the same boat. But my problem is both parents have passed. So now I live with this all bottled up. It's a tough call for you.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Charlotte, my friend, your logic is quite typical of abused persons. Fear not being alienated by those that will not protect you.

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

    Why so late? this could have been so much easier for everyone involved. AMAZING! THANK YOU MATT!

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

    This guy needs to go to a secure environment where he never again has access to young boys. He's a lifelong pedophile. Prison is most definitely an option. Jerry, there are prisoners that will be happy to help you understand what those boys felt like.

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

    Hmmmm. Where was this person BEFORE the trial. Sorry if it is true, but dude you should have spoken out sooner. Now you just look foolish.

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

      not foolish, no! it is very brave to come forward and he wasn't able up til now probably due to the family's supporters who won't believe the truth until Jerry confesses to them. you need to appreciate the guts it takes to step up and tell the story!

      June 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthsekker64

      The only person who looks foolish is you Rosie. Obviously you have not ediucated yourself on this subject nor been a victim yourself. Comments like yours are the very reason vicitms like Sanduskys adopted son are reluctant to come forward because then they have to deal with ignorant, judgemental people like. Thanks for being part of the problem and not the solution.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BorderPetrol

    Penn state is the only place where someone can Major in Minor.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Harrys Putter

    The jury is sequestered, they dont know about this.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hear Ye

    post my story cnn – there are plenty who need to know there are many more Sandukys out there, ready to give your teenage son a ride in his car.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    His wife is no better. She liked the life style too much.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rosie

    His wife.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hear Ye

    "Rosie" – 'tis you who look foolish. The adopted son looks 'abused'.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jc

    I strongly suspected this – and think it's disgusting he did not come forward sooner. Also, the mother CHOSE NOT TO KNOW. She should be held accountable as an accessory to this whole disgusting situation.

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