Jerry Sandusky: ‘I Am Innocent Of Those Charges’

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has broken his silence and talked with NBC’s Bob Costas.

He admits that he should not have showered with any kids, but adds, “I say that I am innocent of those charges.”

Costas challenged that, asking if Sandusky considered himself completely innocent in every aspect.

“Well, I could say that I have done some of those things,” said Sandusky. “I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.”

The phone interview was aired on “Rock Center” with Brian Williams.

Costas also asked Sandusky if he’s a pedophile. Sandusky said, “No.”

Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys, all of whom he met through the charity that he founded, The Second Mile.

According to the presentment, police listened-in during two conversations that Sandusky had with the mother of one of the alleged victims.

When told he was told he couldn’t see that boy anymore, he’s quoted as telling the mom, “I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

Two Penn State officials are charged with covering up the abuse.

In addition, the school’s president was fired, as was legendary coach Joe Paterno.

Mike McQueary, the assistant coach who says he witnessed Sandusky raping a boy, was placed on administrative leave.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chaos On Campus After PSU Fires JoePa
VIDEO: Interim Coach Tom Bradley (11/10)
VIDEO: Joe Paterno Speaks After Firing (11/9)
VIDEO: Board of Trustees News Conference (11/9)
VIDEO: Watch The Attorney General’s News Conference (11/7)
STORY: PSU’s Tom Bradley: “It’s An Unprecedented Situation That We Find Ourselves In”

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LINK: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
LINK: Penn State Nittany Lions

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  • Uncle Pervo

    That’s what they all say…..Shut up and take your medicine,Jerry

    • Harley

      Penn State coaches are out doing the Catholic Priests. By the way what type of parent allows their child to accept gifts from a grown man and sleep over his house? Just asking.

      • Concerned

        The Second Mile Foundation is a foundation for young boys who come from dysfunctional families or families of missing parents. This creeper knew exactly what he was doing when he created this foundation. The had no where to turn at ages 10 & 11. They had no one to tell them it was wrong to take a computer (or anyhting else) because this ahole would eventually want something for it.

  • John

    He is going to say whatever will protect himself legally and financially no matter what the truth is.

  • wait for the truth

    And what if he is innocent. I have seen lots of lies told by kids so make pacts. There are lives ruined by lies. What if it does come out that NOTHING but innocent horse play happened? How many of you will bite your tongues off for saying what you did. Sorry, but when I was in school, coaches took showers with the team….no one thought it was wrong because no one had filthy minds.

    • Dave

      There is an eye witness to the rape of a young boy – how is he going to deny that? He and the rest of those losers can no longer hide in the Penn State lair! Additionally, a mother witnessed her son’s hair being wet from a shower with that creep! Make whatever excuses you want. I’ve been around sports all of my life and coached many, many years, and at NO time would I have ever even considered taking a shower with these kids. That pedophile is just attempting to make excuses for his disgusting and criminal behavior. He still thinks he has all the power and elite status. He is very dilussional!

    • TimmyD.

      Hey “truth”, most of these kids are now grown adults coming forward. I love how the PSU faithful (not all) are making excuses for this horrific crime. It’s over. No more hiding in your “Happy Valley” any longer. Pray for the victims and move on. By the way “truth”, where did you go to school where the coaches showered with you? Your excuses are making you look foolish.

    • Buddy

      Apparently your coaches had filthy minds… maybe its time you come forward and tell what really happened in there… That is not normal on any level.

      • WOW

        THANK YOU!! Clearly “wait for the truth” has a story that needs to be told. He/she has kept that secret for far too long!

    • The Truth is HE DID IT!

      You are in a dream world!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh poor Sandusky my butt he is a bad man that ruined many lives….what a jerk you and him both….

  • John

    better to err on the side of child welfare than to sweep something horrific but a fact of life at times under the rug

  • EF

    Why was J.Paterno fired?The witness of the alleged rape did nothing to stop this terrible act…he called his Dad that evening to tell him what he saw, then called Paterno on his Dad’s advice. For all intents and purposes, this was “hearsay” but Paterno reported this info to his “higher-ups”. Legally,JP did what he was supposed to do. I do believe there was a cover-up but it didn’t start with JP. He did what he was supposed to do. Why is McQueary on paid leave? He commited the 2nd crime by not intervening at the time nor calling the Police to report the incident. There is more to the story than we are aware of. Last question-By being fired, will JP be entitled to all of his benefits from his 46 yrs tenure at Penn State since he was fired? I’m not paranoid but it appears that someone had it in for him. Last but not least-removed his name from the trophy.

    • Huey Lewis

      Paterno has used this “dirt” to keep his job the last 5-10 years. The trustees wanted to fire Joe years ago. He deserved to get fired years ago. The guy is an old blind diaper.

  • Dave

    Edmund Burke, once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” That is why Paterno was fired!

  • Burn Baby Burn

    SICK, SICK, SICK. The world is turning into a very evil place, and even more disgusting when you’re betrayed by people you should be able to TRUST. I’m not worried — you’ll eventually get yours, both here on earth and in hell. Hope you like hot places.

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