The wife of ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky says she’s convinced of her husband’s innocence. Dottie Sandusky spoke out for the first time since her husband was charged with more than 50 counts related to the sexual assault of boys.
Sandusky has always maintained his innocence but the accusations keep mounting. As we reported, yesterday Sandusky was arrested again and charged with sexually assaulting two boys who were part of his Second Mile program.
Sandusky was released, earlier today, after spending the night in jail. The AP reports he “secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife…” He will be electronically monitored by authorities.
Sandusky’s wife released a statement through her husband’s lawyer. Via the AP, the statement read in part:
“I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn’t respond to his cries for help.
“As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don’t know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.
She goes on to say that she believes in “Jerry’s innocence.”
“I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence,” Dottie Sandusky says.