Jerry Sandusky's wife breaks silence, issues statement

Courtesy: Statecollege.com

December 9, 2011 7:04:11 AM PST
About one month after her husband was charged with child sex crimes, and a day after he was arrested on additional charges, the wife of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky broke her silence.

Late Thursday afternoon, Dottie Sandusky returned to her State College home moments after she released the long statement calling the allegations against her husband a sad time in their lives.

"I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done," she said.

Jerry Sandusky was in the house waiting on his wife when she arrived. He's on home confinement and has been fitted with an ankle monitoring bracelet, just one of many conditions of his release after he paid a $250,000 cash bail for new child sex abuse charges.

His wife also defended herself after accusers said they were forced to eat and sleep in the basement. One of the most recent victims claimed he would scream during the abuse in hopes she would hear and help him.

"I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue," she said. "We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue."

The wife of the former Penn State assistant football coach ends saying, "I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence."

Here is the full text of Dottie Sandusky's statement:.

I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State College Communities.

I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn't respond to his cries for help.

As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.

I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done. Jerry's many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive memories of those kids keep me going. I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence.

I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad time in our lives.

Earlier Thursday, Jerry Sandusky left jail after posting bail.

Sandusky secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by Dorothy Sandusky, according to online court records.

The jail's warden said he was quiet and cooperative during his overnight stay.

Sandusky's attorney says he will need to be out of jail to continue working on an aggressive defense against the allegations that he molested and sexually assaulted 10 young boys who were part of his Second Mile program.

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At Sandusky's home Thursday morning, the only activity was his wife, and a man who appeared to be his son, leaving.

There will be conditions to Sandusky's electronic monitoring. We don't know if he will be allowed to leave his home at certain times or to meet with his attorney.

"It will be the equivalent to house arrest," said Sandusky's attorney Joe Amandola. "Of course with the media people staked outside his house for the last 4 weeks, 5 weeks, he's basically been confined to his house except when he's come to see me."

We do know the judge ordered Sandusky to stay away from Penn State's campus and he can have no contact with minors or his alleged victims who are expected to testify in a preliminary hearing next week.

"My biggest immediate concern is for the protection of not only the victim who I represent but for the other victims who need to testify next week and preserving not only their identities but preserving their ability to lead normal and active full lives," attorney Tom Kline told Action News.

Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 new sex abuse counts involving two new alleged victims. He has maintained his innocence.

The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims described in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled youth. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts while also making sexual advances toward them.

Sandusky was charged last month with abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years, allegations that were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them. In all, he faces more than 50 charges.

The scandal has resulted in the ousting of school President Graham Spanier and longtime coach Joe Paterno.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.