(NEW YORK) — The wife of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is lashing out at her husband’s victims while declaring that the former Penn State University assistant football coach, now serving a 30-to-60 year jail term, is innocent of any crimes.
Appearing on NBC’s Today Wednesday, Dottie Sandusky charged that the case against her spouse was built on lies and that his accusers were manipulated by the lure of money that could be made through lawsuits.
Dottie Sandusky insisted her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” he was convicted of. As for allegations of Jerry Sandusky taking showers with boys, she explained, “That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in….There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”
The Sanduskys have been married for 47 years. Many have been critical of Dottie Sandusky for allegedly looking the other way although she claims to have never seen her husband act inappropriately with any child.
As for a Washington Post story that said predators “tend to choose spouses who can be counted on to suppress any unpleasant ideas that might occur to them,” Dottie Sandusky snapped: “I’m not a weak spouse. As you know…they call me ‘Sarge’ because Jerry said I kept everybody in line.”
She also expressed optimism that her husband will be freed on appeal. He was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexually abusing at least 10 boys over a 15-year-period that covered his time at Penn State and after his retirement.
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