Sandusky again denies 'horrible acts'
STATE COLLEGE — Nine months after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys — a scandal that destroyed the once unimpeachable reputation of hall of fame coach Joe Paterno — Jerry Sandusky is again claiming he did nothing wrong.
Sandusky has rarely spoken about the allegations, although he has consistently maintained his innocence since his November 2011 arrest. The latest statements were made on Monday in portions of a taped interview aired on NBC's “Today” and transcripts posted on the website of a filmmaker who aims to clear Paterno's name.
In the interviews, the former Penn State assistant coach denied having inappropriate contact with the boys, although he acknowledged he may have “tested boundaries.”
“Yeah, I hugged them,” Sandusky said, according to transcripts posted on the filmmaker's site. “Maybe I tested boundaries. Maybe I shouldn't have showered with them. Yeah, I tickled them.
“I looked at them as being probably younger than even some of them were. But I didn't do any of these horrible acts and abuse these young people. I didn't violate them. I didn't harm them.”
Although Sandusky's comments aired and posted Monday were given to a man endeavoring to clear Paterno's name, the late coach's family has distanced themselves from the statements.
Wick Sollers, a Paterno family lawyer, said in a statement that Sandusky's statements are “transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims.”
“The Paterno family would prefer to remain silent on this matter, but they feel it is important to make it clear that they had no role in obtaining or releasing this recording,” Sollers said. “Moreover, they believe that any attempt to use this recording as a defense of Joe Paterno is misguided and inappropriate.”
Sandusky told filmmaker John Ziegler he was not sure whether Paterno, who was fired after Sandusky's arrest, would have let him keep coaching if he suspected Sandusky was a pedophile. Sandusky was investigated by university police for a separate shower incident in 1998, but he remained one of Paterno's top assistants through 1999.
Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for his conviction last year on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
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