WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — That Jerry Sandusky titled his 2001 autobiography “Touched” has unavoidably taken on a perverse meaning.
The 67-year-old former Penn State defensive football coordinator is charged with 40 counts of fondling and sexually assaulting young boys.
“Not in my wildest dreams would I imagine that he would be accused of something like this,” said Dan Petrola, a friend of the Sandusky family.
Jerry Sandusky was born and raised in Little Washington and graduated from high school in 1962 playing football for the “Little Prexies.”
In the 50’s, Sandusky moved with his parents to a small apartment above the Brownson House Youth Athletic Center where his father became executive director. Jerry was mascot for the basketball team.
Dan Petrola said Art and Evie Sandusky spent their lives giving to the community’s children.
“He was totally amazing – he was my mentor. After he retired, I took over his position and I just had the greatest respect for him and his wife,” Petrola said.
While coaching at Penn State, Jerry Sandusky started The Second Mile, a non-profit bringing at-risk boys and sports together. It’s believed that’s where he found his alleged victims.
Until the past few days, Jerry was always a favorite son in Washington – that’s now difficult – if not impossible.
“A lot of people have known Jerry and you know, were proud at his coming from the City of Washington and playing for the local high school and then this devastating news just really upsets a lot of people.”