Dottie Sandusky, the wife of the former Penn State coach who faces over 50 counts of child sexual abuse, issued a statement Thursday night, hours after her husband was released from jail on $250,000 bail.
Jerry Sandusky, who has a Dec. 13 court date, is confined to his College Township, Pa., home and is wearing an ankle monitor after spending a night in jail. The latest charges raised questions about Dottie Sandusky’s level of awareness of his alleged behavior, with one victim alleging that he was kept in a finished basement, where he was given meals and sexually assaulted by Sandusky. “The victim testified that on a at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help,” the grand jury’s presentment stated.
Sandusky has maintained his innocence and, in her first comments on the Penn State scandal, his wife did the same and addressed the latest accusations:
“I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State College Communities.
“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.
“I continue to believe in Jerry’s innocence and all the good things he has done. Jerry’s many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive memories of those kids keep me going. 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.
“I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad time in our lives.
Latest arrest: New charges filed Wednesday
Sandusky freed: Wife posts $250,000 bail
The original grand jury report
The new grand jury presentment
NBC video: Sandusky taken into custody
Court rules: Guidelines for preliminary hearing
Early Lead: Local judges recuse themselves
Timeline: How Penn State scandal unfolded