Jerry’s Kids

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial took an unexpected turn today when Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, came forward to admit he had been molested by his father.

Lawyers issued a statement on Thursday saying the 33-year-old Matt Sandusky, was prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father’s sex abuse trial.

Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici wrote in the statement:

“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. At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators. This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment.”

The statement was issued after jurors in the ex-coach’s child sex abuse trial began deliberating 48 charges against him. The jurors are sequestered during deliberations.

Matt Sandusky went to live with Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, as a foster child and was adopted by them as an adult.

Shortly after the former coach’s arrest in November, Matt Sandusky’s ex-wife went to court to keep her former father-in-law away from their three young children. Jill Jones successfully obtained a restraining order forbidding the children from sleeping over at their grandparents’ home.

At around the same time, details emerged that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide just four months after first going to live with the couple in 1995. He had come into the home through The Second Mile charity, which Jerry Sandusky founded, and was first a foster child before being legally adopted.

During testimony last week, an accuser known as Victim 4 said Matt Sandusky was living at the Sandusky home at the time he stayed there overnight.

When asked by prosecutors whether Jerry Sandusky ever engaged him in a soap battle in the showers, he recounted the time when he and Matt Sandusky had been playing racket ball. After they were done, he said, they went back to a locker room. Matt got undressed and got into the shower and then Victim 4 and Sandusky followed him in there, he testified.

“Me and Jerry came in. He started pumping his hand full of soap,” he said.

At that point, Matt shut off his shower and left and went to another locker room to shower, the witness said.

Asked by prosecutors about Matt’s facial expression when the soap battles started, he replied: “Nervous.”

Jerry Sandusky is a retired college football coach who served as an assistant coach for most of his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under head coach Joe Paterno. Penn State was one of the most notable college football teams.

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11 Responses to Jerry’s Kids

  1. Randy Arroyo says:

    Lock him up and throw away the key. He’s a menace to society.

  2. TM Sphere says:

    Thanks for reporting this development in the Sandusky trial. I found the link to your blog on NBC’s First Read site. I don’t don’t if the jury will be allowed to hear Matt’s statement. The judge would have to change the rules of juror sequestration and this is unlikely. However, assuming Sandusky is convicted, the judge might consider it in sentencing.

  3. Adirondacky says:

    Castrate him. Just cut it off.

  4. Marburg says:

    The jury is deliberating so this shocking revelation isn’t admissible. Matt Sandusky should’ve come forward a month ago. But sadly, he didn’t.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    Matt Sandusky’s cooperation with the state came too late. The men and women on the jury have begun their deliberations so his statement will just go to further convict Jerry Sandusky in the court of public opinion.

  6. Peace Nick says:

    Dottie Sandusky testified she never saw or heard anything suggesting these men had been victims of her husband’s roaming hands and genitals.

    She made a deal with the devil and even sacrificed one of her own children. Unreal.

  7. Rachel says:

    I agree, Peace Nick. Dottie Sandusky covered her ears and eyes and pretended this horror wasn’t taking place in her basement. She’s just as sick as her pedophile husband. Dottie Sandusky is the very definition of an enabler.

  8. Harry says:

    What Peace Nick and Rachel said.

  9. Brigadoon says:

    How does a parent diddle their own kid? This is a level of pathology I can’t wrap my brain around. I have heard it all now.

  10. Carpe Diem says:

    Verdict Watch: Day 2.
    I can’t imagine the jury letting him off.

  11. Fran says:

    GUILTY ON 45 COUNTS- out of 48 counts.
    faces spending the rest of his life in state prison
    Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, asked Judge John Cleland to allow Sandusky to be released on house arrest, but Cleland summarily rejected the request, saying: “Bail is revoked. Mr. Sandusky is remanded to the custody of the sheriff.”

    Sandusky was immediately led out of the courthouse in handcuffs as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

    Cheered to see the predatory sex offender in handcuffs, headed for jail.
    Kudos to the judge for not letting him out on bail.

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