Dottie Sandusky married her husband for better or for worse, and it’s clear she takes those vows seriously.
Dottie Sandusky, the wife of convicted sexual child abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, spoke about her husband to Matt Lauer on the Today show this morning.
She defended her husband of 37 years, who was convicted of abusing 10 boys. Lauer asked her if she still believes that her husband is innocent of the crimes a jury found him guilty of.
"I definitely believe him," she said during her interview. "He's not guilty of these horrific crimes."
And although Mrs. Sandusky does admit that Mr. Sandusky did take showers with the boys, just like he did with their six adopted children, she doesn’t believe anything inappropriate went on.
"That's the generation that Jerry grew up in," she said. "They'd have soap battles or whatever.”
She slams allegations that Sandusky used to perform sexual acts with the boys in her basement. One of the victims claimed that he screamed for help, something that Mrs. Sandusky denies.
"It is not a dungeon," she said. "It is not what those kids said. You can scream and hear it from the second floor."
Mrs. Sandusky says she is speaking out now about her husband’s innocence because she wanted to share her belief with a large audience. With her during the interview was John Ziegler, who is working on a documentary about Sandusky and Joe Paterno. Paterno was the Penn State head coach at the time Sandusky’s abuse took place. An NCAA investigation found that the famed coach covered up allegations about the abuse.
"I have spent two years without pay looking into this case," said Ziegler. "I am positive that the truth has been lost here."
Here's what the Twittersphere had to say about Mrs. Sandusky speaking out:
Why does Today give time to Jerry Sandusky's wife and her defense of her hubby? How about checking on the victims? http://t.co/jOYr79qERz
— Joe Strupp (@JoeStrupp) March 12, 2014
Jerry Sandusky's wife showing Matt Lauer the room Jerry would molest his victims?!?! WTF is this about... pic.twitter.com/LNYazehnZL
— Derek #BMSRADIO (@BMS_Derek) March 12, 2014
— Lee Ann (@svnisus) March 13, 2014
You guys remember when Jerry Sandusky molested little boys and Joe Paterno knew about it and didn't notify the police
— Dan Fisher (@Dan_Fishh) March 13, 2014
Sandusky was sentenced in October 2012 to spend at least 30 years in jail before he becomes eligible for parole. He was found guilty on 45 counts of child abuse, involving ten boys over the course of 15 years.
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