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. Silly Baggers!

    If he walks on the current charges there will be new ones to follow!

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

    Just heard that the hotel reservations for the jurors have been cancelled. Maybe a verdict coming soon.

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

      Jack – I'd like to confirm this, what hotel has/had the reservations?

      June 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. badgermom

    In response to "Just Saying", I don't really see what is so difficult to understand about this. It sounds like the adopted son attempted to stand by his father in the beginning but after hearing all of the victims who have testified in this trial he found the courage to speak up. I certainly can't speak to this man's thoughts or feelings but it just seems logical to me that most people in his situation would feel a lot of shame and could possibly be in denial about what happened to him. Maybe all of the things that have come out made him realize he isn't alone or that he is a victim and not to blame for what happened. I don't know. Something along these lines seems much more plausible to me than it being some kind of shady thing.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jumpmark

    holy crap... yeah, well see what the verdict is, but someone who ruins so many lives doesn't deserve to have one at all

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. northernCA

    I hope this adopted son has other family and friends to turn to for support because Mrs. Jerry Sandusky just turned her back on him.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. What does this have to do with Sandusky?

    Born and raised in PA. Never coached south of PA. No idea what his politics are.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Texas

    I hope they acquit and turn him loose. Please just turn him loose....

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      Texas – what a coincidence that in Texas someone just killed a man for raping his daughter. they'll be no need for a trial, just a quick in & out of the grand jury. bing bang boom. I like it,

      June 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Obi-wan

    If a Sandusky from the future went back in time to today, he would be molested by both his current and future self.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      No remorse... He stood behind that shroud far too long, he's dead inside.

      No re-creation here!

      June 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      That, by the way, was addressed to Obi-Won
      Coulda sworn I pressed the respond button.


      June 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. grimreaper

    Why is this monster free on bail? What's to stop him from taking the easy way out and committing suicide?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. d

    how are you today , son ? please , dad, get off

    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Obamanation


    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Did you earn a high school diploma? Tell me you know where Penn State is located.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. erich2112x

    Good move to bring this up now. If by some miracle Sandusky walks, they can still try him on these newer charges.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Inky

    The bright side, if the jury acquits or is dead locked, there is another chance to retry Sandusky with this new evidence.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sharon

    Can't imagine the courage it must have taken for a son to admit to such an atrocity. Jerry Sandusky is not fit to inhabit this planet.

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