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Jerry Sandusky's attorney: 'I believe in his innocence'

sanduskyJerry111211_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Jerry Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola admitted that his client has had some lapses in judgment, but said showering with kids doesn’t make him guilty.

In an interview with Bob Costas on NBC’s Rock Center Monday, Sandusky said he had showered with young boys, but denied he was a pedophile.

He didn’t use a whole lot of common sense after he had the warning from the 1998 situation,’’ Amendola said on the TODAY show. “I’ve grilled him about that many times, but showering with kids doesn’t make him guilty.’’

Grand jury reports say Sandusky sexually assaulted eight boys over a 15-year period, but Amendola says the accusations may relate to money. “In my opinion, we have a bunch of people who have read the allegations, realize that there is a large university involved and there may be a lot of money involved in lawsuits that will be coming. Until we sort through these allegations, we have absolutely no idea if they’re authentic or not,’’ he said.

The New York Times has reported that 10 additional suspected victims have come forward since Sandusky’s arrest, and police are investigating the new allegations.

"I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have hugged them and touched their legs without intent of sexual contact," said Sandusky, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The New York Post reports that in his Sandusky interview, Costas mentioned the alleged 2002 incident where Mike McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky raping a young boy in the showers, and wondered how McQueary could have been mistaken.

“We were showering and horsing around and the boy turned on all the showers and was sliding across the floor,” according to Sandusky. “And, possibly, we were snapping towels and horse-playing.”

Sandusky claims that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno “never” confronted him about alleged misconduct. McQueary said he told Paterno what had happened a day later.

The New York Daily News reported that Sandusky retired in 1999 after being confronted about taking a shower with her 11-year-old son by an angry mother, according to court reports.

“I was wrong,” Sandusky told her in a phone conversation she allowed Penn State campus police to hear. “I wish I could get forgiveness. I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

 

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