Almost exactly two years since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys, CNN's Jason Carroll sits down with Dottie Sandusky for a face to face interview.
Having been married to the former Penn State assistant football coach for 37 years, Dottie Sandusky remains unwavering in her support of her husband, telling Carroll "he's always been truthful to me."
"I know who he is, I know he is," says Sandusky, insisting she never once suspected her husband of any improper behavior.
According to Dottie Sandusky, the 70-year-old man is in a cell 23 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours per day on the weekend. "I try to cheer him up," she says of the couple's visits, "but usually he cheers me up instead of me cheering him up."
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There were crimes that divided communities and launched important conversations about discrimination and ethics. In some cases, justice was served. Convicted of child sex abuse, Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.
In an audio statement made while he sits in a jail cell awaiting sentence, convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky says that while others make him out to be a monster, he is a falsely accused man who will continue to protest his innocence.
"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," the former coach at Penn State says. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
Sandusky co-counsel Karl Rominger confirmed the audio statement is legitimate.
"If he wants to say that, God bless the First Amendment," Rominger said.
Penn State University's ComRadio first aired the audio clip on its website Monday evening.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old former defensive coordinator who ran a charity after he retired from coaching, faces up to life in prison. He is scheduled to be the final speaker at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.
On the eve of his sentencing hearing, convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky releases a taped statement proclaiming his innocence. Anderson Cooper speaks to attorneys on both sides of the case.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report came as no surprise to Sandusky’s victims, according to Justine Andronici who is an attorney for several of the young men. “Officials at Penn State University actively concealed a child predator in their midst,” Andronici tells Anderson Cooper.
Freeh’s report, which states that university leaders made a decision to prioritize their brand above the wellbeing of children, uncovered only part of the scandal according to Andronici. “We are conducting our own investigation,” she says. “We have no doubt that there’s more to come in this story.”
CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says nothing in the report suggests there are more criminal charges to come. However, he seems to agree with Andronici’s point. “People generally do not become child molesters for the first time in middle age,” he says. “If they are gonna be child molesters, they start earlier.”
The civil suits the school now faces are much more problematic for Penn State. “Justine and her colleagues who are suing Penn State are gonna need wheelbarrows to carry all the money the juries are gonna give them,” Toobin tells Anderson.
After months of investigating, Former FBI Director Louis Freeh issued a report detailing the extraordinary failures of powerful officials at Penn State University to protect children from Jerry Sandusky's abuse. Freeh was charged with looking into how the school handled the scandal involving the former assistant football coach preying on young boys.
The 267-page report exposes the disturbing decisions made by university leaders to conceal Sandusky's crimes, allowing a child predator to continue victimizing children in a culture of secrecy. It also states that part of the motivation for a cover-up was to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity."
A lawyer representing several of Sandusky's victims tells Anderson Cooper what her clients think about Freeh’s findings. Justine Andronici says "they were not surprised by the scope of the cover up" and feel satisfied that the public is now aware that "the highest level officials at Penn State University actively concealed a child predator in their midst."
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