With everything else going on this busy day, I don’t want to overlook the astounding spectacle of alleged pedophile Jerry Sandusky going on national television, while under indictment, and proclaiming his innocence to Bob Costas while acknowledging that he sometimes showered with young boys and that was probably inappropriate. With his lawyer, Joseph Amendola, sitting right next to Costas when Sandusky was on the phone! Of course, the report out today is that the lawyer impregnated a teenager when he was 49, so he may not have the best judgment on these matters himself.
Sandusky’s alibi is that he would only shower and “horse around” with young boys, but no sex was involved.
“I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids, I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” he told Costas in an interview that aired Monday night. “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
Asked if he was a pedophile, Sandusky said, “No.”
“I shouldn’t have showered with those kids” is really not something you want to have your defendant say at court. Yet it’s now admissable!
There are more developments today. The New York Times reports that 10 more boys have come forward to allege inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature by Sandusky while they were in the Second Mile Foundation program. The original grand jury report listed eight children. The chief executive of Second Mile, Jack Raykovitz, resigned yesterday. He was there 28 years, and he was informed of the allegations against Sandusky by Penn State back in 2002. I can’t see how the organization survives these charges.
And now Mike McQueary, the former quarterback and graduate assistant who claims to have witnessed the child rape in the shower that year, is elaborating on his immediate reaction:
Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant coach who told a grand jury he witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the shower in 2002, told colleagues in an email, “I did the right thing.”
McQueary has not spoken publicly since the Penn State scandal broke. But, last week, in an email obtained exclusively by NBC News, he told friends and former teammates:
“I did the right thing…you guys know me…the truth is not out there fully…I didn’t just turn and run…I made sure it stopped…I had to make quick tough decisions.”
McQueary is the star witness for the prosecution, so I have to believe this will come out in the trial.
Sandusky’s lawyer, the man who impregnated a minor, is running around today with a tale that one of the alleged victims, the one who McQueary claims to have seen being raped in the shower, has disputed his story. That victim was never found by the grand jury, so it’s not clear whether the lawyer is talking to the specific victim cited there. Amendola would only say “we think we have found him.” But he’s alleging that a number of the victims would dispute the claim of sexual assault.
I’m still shocked that they put this guy on a telephone on national TV.