PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A letter was apparently mistakenly sent to former coach and convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky, asking him to renew his season tickets.
The athletic department sent the letter last week to the former Penn State coach’s home in State College, Pennsylvania.
It asks Sandusky to renew his football season tickets for the 2015 season and even invites him to schedule a “recruiting” visit to an upcoming basketball game.
The letter even appears to be signed by new head football coach James Franklin.
KDKA obtained these photos of the letter from documentary filmmaker John Ziegler who runs the website http://www.FramingPaterno.com.
Ziegler says he obtained the letter from someone inside the Sandusky household, but that it wasn’t from Jerry’s wife Dottie.
The letter goes on to read:
“Dear Gerald A,” the letter reads. “Congratulations on being identified as one of the elite college football fans in the nation. You have worked diligently to separate yourself by exhibiting unrivaled tenacity, character, and loyalty. Passionate and competitive, you are the leading standard of a first class fan base.”
The letter appears to be some sort of automated mass mailing, and it’s likely a stamp used to sign Franklin’s name.
Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving 10 children, including incidents on campus. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison.
He has lost an appeal to the state Supreme Court but maintains he is innocent.
Penn State released the following statement about the letter:
“Clearly, a mistake was made and our database needs further updating and cross-referencing. This standard form letter was part of a mass mailing sent to approximately 30,000 people who have had season or single game tickets within the past four years, encouraging them to support the team and help fill Beaver Stadium for every game in 2015.”
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