A defiant Jerry Sandusky denied being a pedophile Monday, breaking his silence to profess his innocence in the Penn State scandal that toppled football legend Joe Paterno.Meanwhile, the judge who set Sandusky's ridiculously low bail should have recused himself from the case because he was a volunteer at the very charity that Sandusky founded. Judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed a $100,000 bail, rather than the still low $500,000 bail that the prosecutors had called for. This is the kind of case in which bail should not have been allowed.
Sandusky, 67, charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, admitted to NBC’s Bob Costas to a serious lapse in judgement.
“I shouldn’t have showered with those kids,” said Sandusky referring to the eight boys he’s accused of molesting in incidents dating from 1994 to 2008.
Still, he denied there was anything sexual about it.
“I say that I am innocent of those charges,” Sandusky told Costas an interview that aired Monday night on “Rock Center,” NBC’s new news magazine show.
Pennsylvania prosecutors say Sandusky, Paterno’s long-time defensive assistant coach, lured his victims through his foundation — The Second Mile — a kid-friendly charity he founded in 1977.
Costas asked the married dad of six adopted children, “Are you a pedophile?” Sandusky responded with a terse, “No.”
“I could say that I have done some of those things,” he said of allegations of improper touching detailed in the grand jury indictment. “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.”
Sandusky’s lawyer Joe Amendola said many of the allegations stemmed from misconstrued locker room hijinks.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sandusky Admits To Showering With Kids But Denies Being A Pedophile
Jerry Sandusky is making things exceedingly difficult for his legal team. How exactly can anyone defend statements such as admitting to having taken shower with underage kids? And there's no way one can confuse locker room hijinks with engaging in sodomy or other sexual acts that Sandusky is accused of engaging in. That's the tact that his legal team is taking, and that's about the only way to try and spin things. Fact is, his legal team should be locking Sandusky away from cameras and microphones so as to keep him from saying something more incriminating that would make his already bad situation worse.