Sandusky says ‘horseplay’ only
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Penn State football assistant coach has denied allegations that he sexually abused eight boys and told a television interviewer that he was not a pedophile.
Meanwhile, his attorney said he expects some alleged victims to come forward to deny that they were abused.
Jerry Sandusky, 67, said on NBC News’ “Rock Center” Monday night that there was no abuse and that any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay, not molestation.
Sandusky, once considered veteran coach Joe Paterno’s heir apparent, was arrested more than a week ago and is charged with sexually abusing eight boys, some on Penn State property, over a 15-year span.
The New York Times reported on its website late Monday that close to 10 additional suspected victims have come forward to authorities since Sandusky’s arrest, according to people close to the investigation. The paper said police were working to confirm the new allegations.
“I am innocent of those charges,” 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.”
Asked whether he was sexually attracted to underage boys, he said “sexually attracted, no. I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, but, no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”
Asked if there was anything he had done wrong, Sandusky said, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
Sandusky said Paterno never asked him about his behavior or what he might have done.
Athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president Gary Schultz are charged with perjury but maintain their innocence.
Paterno and president Graham Spanier were ousted from their jobs for not doing enough after Sandusky was accused of assaulting a young boy in the showers of the campus football complex in 2002.
Paterno is not the target of any legal investigation, but he has conceded he should have done more.
The interview with Bob Costas was Sandusky’s first public comment on the charges. He had previously maintained his innocence through his attorney, Joe Amendola.
Published in The Messenger 11.15.11