Sandusky Admits: "I Like Young People'; But Maintains His Innocence
For the first time since the Penn State sexual abuse scandal broke, Jerry Sandusky, breaks his silence in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas. The former Penn State defensive coordinator admitted that he “horsed around” and “hugged” the boys, but that he is not a pedophile.
“I’m innocent of those charges,” Sandusky said in the phone interview Monday evening, which suggests he plans on fighting the charges.
Sandusky is facing a 40-count indictment, accusing him of molesting eight boys over a 15-year span. He was released earlier in the day from prison, on $100,000 unsecured bail.
When asked if he was being falsely accused and completely innocent on all charges, Sandusky replied, “Well, I could say that…I’ve 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.”
Costas pressed Sandusky and asked if there was anything he had done wrong or regretted. “In retrospect, I shouldn’t have showered with those kids,” Sandusky said. “That’s what hits me the most.”
Sandusky said “no” when asked if he is a pedophile. Costas immediately asked, “are you sexually attracted to young boys, underage boys?” Sandusky eventually answered “no”—approximately seven seconds into his response.
“Am I sexually attracted to young boys? Sexually attracted? No. I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys."
In response to the idea that the public didn’t know who he was prior to the scandal, but now he’s considered by millions of people, to be some sort of monster, Sandusky responded, “If somehow, people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight, you know, for my innocence.” He then added, “That’s about all I can ask right now and obviously it’s a huge challenge.”
Sandusky’s lawyer, Joseph L. Amendola, believes the charges will not hold up, suggesting some victims will testify that the sexual abuse never happened.