Jerry Sandusky interview excerpts to appear on “Today” on Monday

March 22, 2013
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced last October. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced last October. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Updated with further details at 1 p.m.

Excerpts from an interview with Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who is quietly serving a lengthy sentence in a prison tucked away in Pennsylvania, will be shown on the “Today” show next week.

“He’ll describe in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus,” Matt Lauer said Friday of the clips, which will be broadcast Monday.

Sandusky, 69, was sentenced last October to 30-60 years in prison for his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse. He is expected to tell his side of the story, according to NBC, and discuss whistle blower Mike McQueary and Joe Paterno with John Ziegler, who, according to the Associated Press, is a documentary filmmaker working on “Framing Paterno,” a defense of the late Penn State coach.

Ziegler told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., that he would appear on “Today” to discuss portions of interviews drawn from an in-person visit, recorded telephone calls and letters. There was not, however, a filmed interview because recording devices are not allowed during prison visits. Telephone calls can, however, be recorded.

“Mr. Sandusky is where he needs to be,” Sue McNaughton, a Pennsylvania prison spokesperson, told the AP. “Rather than focusing on him, we wish the media would focus more on the victims and their recovery from the deeds of this individual.”

Sandusky’s sitdown with NBC, with Bob Costas in November 2011, made headlines for Sandusky’s description of how he showered with young boys.

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