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Jerry Sandusky Interview: Disingenuous, Odd And Manipulative According To Victims
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Jerry Sandusky Interview: Disingenuous, Odd And Manipulative According to Victims

Jerry Sandusky, former coach for Penn State and founder of a charity for troubled youths is facing forty sexual abuse charges with at least eight different victims. Rumors continue to swirl that other victims are poised to come forward with similar stories of abuse at the hands of the man they once trusted. But, for the eight known victims, seeing Sandusky giving interviews is nothing short of gut wrenching. According to two of the attorneys who represent those victims, that interview as even worse than that.

Howard Janet, an attorney representing the young man identified in court documents as victim number six, called the latest interview "uncomfortable to watch". A second attorney, Andrew Shubin, called it "odd" and "unconvincing" . Both men agree that Sandusky's efforts were meant to manipulate the public as well as to cause problems for any future jury pool when the case finally does come to court.

Sandusky had given a previous interview where he seemed to hesitate on the question of whether he found young boys attractive. He eventually repeated the question before answering it with what was declared by most viewers as an unconvincing and rather weak denial.

In the interview, Sandusky tried to shift some of the media focus from him to his former supervisors and others, saying that none of this (meaning the sexual abuse charges) with Joe Paterno. Paterno, meanwhile, insists that he talked to then Athletic Director Tim Curley regarding the allegations made by Mike McQueary in regard to Sandusky. Paterno and President Graham Spanier were both fired from Penn State on November 9. Curley and Vice President of Finance and Business Gary Schultz were fired earlier and are now both facing charges of perjury and failure to report abuse allegations.

The mother of victim six actually confronted Sandusky at the time of the alleged abuse, with two monitored conversations. Campus police listened in when she spoke to Sandusky about what happened between him and her son and then again when she told Sandusky to stay away from the boy. In the second confrontation with the mother, the police say that he admitted he "knew he was wrong" and "wished he was dead". Sandusky never answered some of the most serious questions that the woman raised in that conversation, including whether his genitals ever made contact with the boy.

Sandusky also admitted in the interview that he had spoke to Curley and that he had told him at the time that in his own mind, nothing "inappropriate" had happened.


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