Jerry Sandusky First Interview
Jerry Sandusky will give his first interview tonight on NBC. During the interview, he said that he is innocent of the child sex abuse charges that have rocked Penn State and cost Joe Paterno his job, though the former defensive coordinator admitted he “horsed around” and touched kids.
In a telephone interview, Sandusky responded, “No,” when Bob Costas asked if he was a pedophile.
“I am innocent of those charges,” the 67-year-old Sandusky said. “… I could say that I have done some of those things. 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 interview with Costas was Sandusky’s first public comment on the charges. When asked if there was anything he did do wrong, Sandusky said, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
When Sandusky retired in 1999, he cited his desire to devote more time to The Second Mile, a charity he founded in 1977 to help at-risk kids. According to a grand jury report, Sandusky was a sexual predator who used The Second Mile and his Penn State connections to prey on young boys.
The interview came on a day when the president of The Second Mile resigned. Jack Raykovitz, a practicing psychologist who had led the group for 28 years, said he hoped his departure would help restore faith in the group’s mission. The Second Mile also announced it had hired Philadelphia’s longtime district attorney as its new general counsel.
The interview airs tonight at 10/9c on NBC