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Jerry Sandusky defends himself in prison interview

March 25, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Jerry Sandusky, shown here during his trial, is currently serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
Jerry Sandusky, shown here during his trial, is currently serving a 30-… (Matt Rourke / Associated…)

In a recording played on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Jerry Sandusky said that Mike McQueary misinterpreted him showering with a young boy in Penn State football team facilities in 2001.

Sandusky told documentary filmmaker John Ziegler that he does not understand how McQueary concluded “that sex was going on” when he witnessed Sandusky showering with a boy.

“That would have been the last thing I would have thought about,” Sandusky said. “I would have thought maybe fooling around or something like that.”

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Sandusky also told Ziegler he was not sure whether head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired after Sandusky's November 2011 arrest, would have let him keep coaching if he suspected Sandusky was a pedophile.

“If he absolutely thought I was, I'd say no,” Sandusky said. “If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that.”

Sandusky went on to defend himself against child molestation claims.

“Yeah, I hugged them,” Sandusky said. “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.”

Ziegler said the interviews were conducted during three sessions as part of a documentary he is making called "Framing Paterno."


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