Matt Sandusky: Adopted Son Says He Was Abused, Too

By: Amanda Crum - June 22, 2012

Since the beginning of the case brought against Jerry Sandusky–the former Penn State coach accused of sexually abusing several boys during his term there–a lot of people, including myself, have wondered if any of his six adopted children would come forward with their own allegations. As the trial wears on and evidence piles up against Sandusky, it seemed inevitable that his family would be called upon to face the jury.

Now, his son Matt has come forward with allegations that he was indeed abused. His statement hasn’t been disclosed publicly yet, but it could be a crucial turning point in the case, which was already in deliberation by jurors when Matt came forward.

“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse,” read the prosecution’s statement. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators. This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment.”

Officials confirmed that Matt had come into the Sandusky home as a teenage foster child and was adopted by the family as an adult; however, just four months after moving in to the home in 1995, he attempted suicide. His probation officer documented concern that Matt was not getting what he needed while placed with the Sanduskys, but he was pushed through the system anyway and allowed to continue living there.

Jerry Sandusky has had witnesses come forward to back up his maintained argument that he did nothing wrong, such as Dick Anderson, a Penn State assistant who says that although he knew Sandusky was showering with some of the boys from The Second Mile–Sandusky’s charity for troubled youth–after playing sports, it wasn’t uncommon for other coaches to do the same thing.

“If Jerry would bring someone in with The Second Mile, they had been working out, for whatever reason they came in, it was not uncommon … with the other coaches in the shower as well,” Anderson said.

However, Anderson’s claim for the defense is in counter to one from Mike McQueary, who testified that he saw Sandusky having sex with a boy in the school showers. His claims ultimately led to the termination of former football coach Joe Paterno after Sandusky’s arrest last November, for not acting immediately when McQueary told him what he had seen; unfortunately, Paterno died in January.

As for Sandusky, one of his most famous statements regarding all the allegations–which total to almost fifty counts of abuse–stunned the nation when he talked with Bob Costas, who asked Sandusky if he was attracted to young boys.

“Sexually attracted, you know, I, I enjoy young people. I, I love to be around them. … No, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan spoke of the strange comment in his closing arguments to the jury.

“I would think that the automatic response, if someone asks you if you’re a criminal, a pedophile, a child molester, or anything along those lines, would be: ‘You’re crazy. No. Are you nuts?”’

Amanda Crum

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  • Nan

    I think it is wonderful to see that we have a criminal justice system that works. Sexual abuse from an adult upon a child of any age adelesent or otherwise or with using their high stature to obtain favors for self satisfaction is grossly wrong. I agree with William

    • Skye

      If the criminal justice system had been working this would not have happened. Until fear of reporting and going through the painful experience that the system puts someone reporting abuse through takes second place to right action, this will go on and on and on. How many Catholics have been willing to denounce the debouchery perpetrated by the Catholic Church in light of the continual reporting of more and more abuse cases? Public pressure and unrelenting evidence created the Sandusky verdict. How many more victims have never spoken up, for fear of loss of family respect, jobs etc?

  • http://yahoo Alvin

    Why would any coach want to shower with children?
    This sickening story gets more perverted with each
    new day.

  • Lisa

    I think that he should be hung from the highest tree they can find. Those young boys will be scarred for life and possibly not be able to have a stable relationship with anyone. He made a mark on those young lives and now he needs to pay for what he has done. Wait until he gets to prison and they find out why he is there. There is no telling what those inmates will do. They figure that they are serving life so what do they have to lose. His day is coming, if those inmates do not get him then the good Lord will.

  • kathy

    If anyone witnessed a beating or robbery,they would intervene.Why would anyone walk away from a young boy being sexually molested by an adult male? Everyone washed their hands of the whole very sad scarring of these innocent young men. I also feel that Paterno probably asked for humane assistance to end his life so as not to face the horrible music.God will punish him now.Sandusky will suffer also and rightfully so. I pray for all who have suffered because of this demon.

  • Mary Ann

    I can’t began to describe how disgusted I am by this case, which seems to get more unbelievable each day. I am disgusted by McQueary who saw what was going on but didn’t intervene on the poor child’s behalf…The right thing to do would have been to get that monster of the poor child and call the authorities immedidately…But to just walk away like that….that’s what really kills me, what if that was his child getting abused…but I guess that’s something that he has to live with for the rest of his life…SMH…I’m also disgusted by the Penn State Administration who tried to cover up this “inhumane” and disgusting act…It makes you wonder what else have they covered up in the past…All I can say is that I’ve lost all respect for this university to the extent that I will not allow any of my children to go there…They’ve made it very clear by their actions that they are not there to protect the well-being of young people, but are there to only look out for themselves…So I cannot trust them with my children…And lastly, I have no words for Paterno, and what a stupid way to end your legacy…My heart breaks when I think of how he could have intervened on behalf of these boys and stopped what was going on because he had the power and the influence to do so, but instead he chose to be a coward…I don’t know how he can ever rest in peace…I know that he’s in hell right now and right next to him is an empty slot for Sandusky too…Enjoy!!!