The wife of Jerry Sandusky broke her silence Wednesday in a “Today” show interview, maintaining that she believes the former Penn State defensive coordinator did not sexually abuse young boys.
“I know who I am. And I know who Jerry is,” Dottie Sandusky told Matt Lauer. “And I know he did not do the horrible crimes that he’s convicted of.”
Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, is serving a mininum 30-year sentence in a maximum-security facility after his conviction on 45 charges of sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year span. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to him for 37 years, said she believed victims had ulterior motives.
“They were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ Sandusky said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”
“I believe he showered with kids,” she said. “That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in.”
Sandusky disputed the notion that she was dominated by a husband who was a predator.
“I’m not a weak spouse. As you know, my name — they call me ‘Sarge’ because Jerry said I kept everybody in line,” she said. “If they want to say that, let them say that.”
John Ziegler, a radio host and documentary filmmaker, also participated in the interview and defended the former coach.
“I’m certain of one thing above everything else after two years of investigating this case, and that is that Dottie Sandusky is not delusional,” he told Lauer. “She knows the case better than the vast majority of media members, and she is positive that Jerry Sandusky is innocent.”
The interview, which is on the “Today” website, lasts about an hour.