Wife of Jerry Sandusky says she still believes her husband is innocent

Dottie Sandusky said she believes her husband and stands by her testimony at his June 2012 trial.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse against young boys. In an interview with the Today Show that aired Wednesday, Dottie Sandusky says she feels his victims were "manipulated" and"saw money."

From NBC:

“Do I believe him?’’ she told Matt Lauer. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn't believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

She believes the victims' financial gain was at play.

“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”

When she was asked by Matt Lauer if Jerry Sandusky was guilty, she admitted that he showered with children, but that no sexual conduct happened.

“I don't believe that,’’ Dottie Sandusky said. “I believe he showered with kids. That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in....There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”

Sandusky also showed Lauer the basement of their home, where some of the crimes are said to have occurred and maintained that any screams from the basement would be audible upstairs.

The interview with the Today was Dottie Sandusky's first interview since the trial. In November 2011, Jerry Sandusky famously had a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC's Rock Center.

Three former Penn State administrators, including former president Graham Spanier, are scheduled to face trial this year for their roles in the university's alleged coverup of Sandusky's crimes, which happened between 1994 and 2008. After Sandusky's conviction, the university agreed to over $60 million in civil settlements with his victims.

Following the release of the Freeh report, which said that many administrators, including former coach Joe Paterno, didn't do enough to stop or report Sandusky's behavior, the NCAA penalized Penn State football. Penn State received a four-year bowl ban, scholarship reductions, a fine and the school was forced to vacate all of its wins from 1998-2011, which knocked Paterno from the top of the NCAA's all-time coaching wins list.


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