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. Lucas

    how many adopted were girls????????

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

    Most people who are molested never come forward.
    Most pedophiles are never convicted.
    Children do not have the means or ability to defend themselves.
    I am glad that Matt can finally come forward, hopefully he can now begin to heal.
    Hopefully this trial will bring awareness to parents so they can protect their children. Also, I hope this draws attention to all the other people who were adults and knew, but did nothing to defend the children. They may not be pedophiles, but by allowing the abuse to continue, they became accomplices.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ted Ward

    This has nothing to do with your interest in tea gagging.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adam's Mom

    That's why I don't believe in the quote, "It takes a village..." There are Jerry's in the village!!!!!

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

    Is it not strange, that all six adopted kids were boys??? The wife had to know. Bet more of their kids will step up.

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

      One is a girl, Kara, who was in the courtroom on the last day sitting with Dottie.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amber

    My heart just broke when I read this. These poor children. Please Jury, put this guy away.

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

    Now Matt's wife appears to be a reeeeaaal good mom, don't she?

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

    what does jerry have in common with cavviar ? they both come on little white crackrz

    June 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Annette mckee hovland

    Matt. my heart goes out to you. matt u are more of a man than. jerry will ever be, plus u have good judgement and pure conscious plus u have helped bring closure&comfort to other victims. your kingdom in jesus eyes he adores you. for your strenth and to do the right thing. god bless you. and i hope u found compassion from my heart with trueth. may your future give you true friends&your true family tree. love annette po box 55 stockton ca 95201.

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

    If this were happening in India, pakistan or middle east it would be interesting to see the comments in this post. You would see comments from middle ages to cave man to islam to what not. When it happens here the tone is different, no comments to condemn americans in general. I have seem almost everything happen right here in this country from polygamy to child abuse to injustice to brutal torture.
    All that said, I love this country and I wish people like Jerry could be checked much sooner.

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

    Sandusky needs to go away to prison forever. He ruined so many boys lives. They will have to struggle with it for the rest of their lives.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cobi

    Wait ... I won't be surprised if Jerry's 4 other adopted sons would come out about being molested too ...
    Terrible.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. will

    nancy grace is going to flip the freak out. get her in hair and makeup.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      You are so right! Bombshell tonight!!! I look forward to her tearing him to shreds.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ben

    He probably decided to come forward after sitting through the trial and listening to all the stories and all the guilt/shame came back.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Truthdetector

    I wonder if the kid Mike McQueary witnessed in the shower with this Creep was one of his own adopted sons?

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