Sandusky Proclaims Innocence In NBC Interview

A published report says more people have come forward with claims of abuse by a former Penn State assistant football coach.

The New York Times reports on its website that close to 10 additional suspected victims have come forward since former coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest, according to people close to the investigation. The paper said police are working to confirm the new allegations.

Meanwhile, Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with young boys but said he is not a pedophile in an exclusive interview with Bob Costas for NBC News' Rock Center which aired Monday night on WITN at 10:00 p.m.

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," said Sandusky in a phone interview with Costas.

When asked by Costas, "Are you a pedophile," Sandusky responded "No."

Joe Paterno’s one time defensive coordinator was charged earlier this month with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond and has denied any wrongdoing. The allegations date back to 1994, according to a grand jury report. A grand jury report detailed claims of alleged sexual encounters with young boys in Sandusky's home, hotels and Penn State locker rooms.

"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," said Sandusky.

When pressed by Costas about what Sandusky was willing to concede that he'd done was wrong, Sandusky said, "I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

The scandal has tarnished the reputation of the once heralded football program, leading to the departure of coaching legend Paterno and three other university officials. It’s also left students and residents of State College, Penn., shocked.

The sight of the 67-year-old Sandusky in handcuffs is hard to reconcile with his public image of a devoted father of six adopted kids who founded a charity to help at risk youth. That charity, The Second Mile, has also come under fire.

All of the alleged sex abuse victims met Sandusky through their participation in The Second Mile. Sandusky founded the charity in 1977 as a group foster home for troubled boys. It spawned into a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars to help young boys and girls. Today, Chief Executive Officer Jack Raykovitz’s resignation was announced by the non-profit organization’s board of directors. Grand jury testimony alleges that Raykovitz was aware of at least one of the allegations against Sandusky.

Sandusky gave up his day to day duties at the organization in 2010. By that time, at least two people had allegedly witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing two different boys in showers on Penn State’s campus, according to a grand jury report.

While Sandusky retired as a coach at Pennsylvania State University in 1999, he continued to have access to Penn State’s facilities. In 2002, he was banned from bringing minors to campus athletic facilities after then graduate student Mike McQueary allegedly witnessed Sandusky molesting a boy, according to the grand jury report. The incident was never reported to police or investigated by university police. Sandusky allegedly violated the order not to bring minors to campus by bringing at least one victim to the campus after 2002, according to the grand jury report.

The alleged victims testified that they were abused in hotel rooms, Sandusky’s own home and on Penn State’s campus. Some victims testified that Sandusky would visit them frequently at their schools when they didn’t return his phone calls, according to the grand jury report.

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  • by Jesse Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Liberals are EXPERTS at the ol' cliche comparing "Apples to Oranges." If they didn't have non arguments to fall back on as a crutch (just like the rest of their political party carries every day) they wouldn't know what to do with themselves. Maybe if they put, say...50% of the time into fixing problems they put into complaining about them...something actually might get done (but probably with an illogical liberal twist).
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      by saywha? on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Jesse
      Do yo have any idea what you are ranting about?
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to saywha?
        Jesse knows exactly what he/she is talking about. The truth hurts doesn't it "saywha?"!!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    "horsing around" and "touching the legs" of young boys in a shower, nude, is still going too far. He's as guilty as sin, and doesn't even have the guts to admit it, much less show remorse. I'll take the word of multiple victims over his lone voice for now. Besides, his own co-workers have admitted his guilt.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    but he did admit taking showers with some of the boys!!!!! now u tell me he is innocent! taking showers alone is a charge. i would have beat him to a pulp if i caught him doing that. McQueary should have punded his head into the wall , he said he saw it taking place, then he should have been a man and plaster his head into the wall and stopped anything else from happening. they all should go to jail, all of them.
  • by G-Ville guy @ Albert on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:36 AM
    Paterno ,the man that let this monster roam on campus for 30 years, is a staunch conservative Republican.More family values... as long as they don't get in the way of money.
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      by Jim on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:52 AM in reply to G-Ville guy @ Albert
      Homosexuality and child abuse is a sin whether you coach football or not.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:31 AM in reply to Jim
        You fool homosexuality and child abuse are two different things. Besides if you notice the stories on here about child abuse it's 90% male on female cases.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM in reply to
          You fool, Jim did not say they were the same, he said they were both a sin. Learn to read and comprehend please.
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        by saywha? on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:45 AM in reply to Jim
        Your average "gay" pedophile isn't "gay" in the way we would think......they typically are heterosexual in their day-to-day lives, often married with children. Studies seem to show that their zeroing in on boys rather than girls is partially a function of the simple fact that, as a grown male, preying on boys is easier to do than preying on girls. They want the power and control the molestation gives them but they would rather not get caught.
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      by Jesse on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:33 AM in reply to G-Ville guy @ Albert
      I don't think liberal baby killing, tax loving, over complaining liberals have too much room to lecture about family values for which their party steps on every single day. Just sayin.
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        by saywha? on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Jesse
        I see Jesse is siding with ol' snake oil in thinking that enabling child molesters is not that big a deal because, hey, liberals do all kinds of stuff too. Heck, I thought you'd be ok with what the libs are doing since those things you listed are all legal.....and the whole argument defending Paterno is that he did what he "legally" was supposed to do by informing his boss.
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          by G-Ville Guy on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to saywha?
          Anyone who condones what both Sandusky and Paterno have done ,over the course of 30 years, needs a mental health check-up My original point was that Albert was screaming this is a liberal issue ... It isn't!!!.. It is a people issue!!! And a couple of hard core Republicans are right in the middle of it .
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          by Jesse on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to saywha?
          Saywha: #1. As much as you'd love me to for the purposes of this blog, I'm not/never will condone molesting children (or killing them like your party likes to do). #2. Prosecuting child molesters like this guy is what is dictated by the law. Liberals like you would rather argue about "well were the child molester's human rights violated?" etc. (which is a nonargument like I said previously. #3. Uneducated accusing never wins arguments or debates. It only makes you look even more ignorant than you probably actually are. #4. If Paterno was in a position to stop child abuse and he did not, then he is an accessory (that is basic Law School 101 stuff). #5. Putting words in other people's mouthes are the only thing Liberals seem to be good for.
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        by saywha? on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:25 AM in reply to Jesse
        Hey Jess, see if you can find whereI have done anything but condemn all accused parties in this scandal and call for the harshest of punishments for them, especially Sandusky. Don't get your knickers in a wad because I point out that you are making equivalency comparisons between things that are legal (the items you blame "liberals" for doing) and things that are clearly wrong and illegal (the allegations against Sandusky). One can argue the moral grounds for and against abortion.......there is no argument when it comes to child molestation. Apparently that is too much for your mind to handle.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:27 AM
    The statue of paterno should be torn down and replaced with a memorial to the young victims. There were those who knew what was happening and did the minimum as required by law. A good moral conscience should have trumped laws made by man and behavior dictated by political correctness.They should have notified law enforcement the same time they notified their supervisors. There is a God who keeps permanent records and a place called Hale and Hale lasts forever.
  • by Michael Jackson? on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM
    The "pedophile" label seems to be water on a duck's back when applied to Michael Jackson,...yet when applied to an unknown coach...he's a monster.
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      by saywha? on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to Michael Jackson?
      Well, a "pedophile is a pedophile" but Jackson was never accused of anything remotely like what Sandusky is charged with doing.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:20 PM in reply to saywha?
        Accusations were made against Jackson but some hugh out of court settlement$$ were made with the parents of the victims.
  • by a mother on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    This whole affair makes me sick.. I heard his first comments and had to turn the station!! He disgusts me..Even if he never had sexual contact with the boys, he should never have a reason to be naked in a shower with them.. I just don't believe him!!!!!!!!!!
  • by yukon on Nov 14, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    why were kids in the locker rooms with adults showering where were there parents
  • by Earl Location: NC on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    Do we hit a all time low - This week, we see football fans protesting the firing of coaches who sat by and did little as children were sexually abused for YEARS!
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      by Albert on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:45 PM in reply to Earl
      This is what you get Liberal Democratic College voters. Protesting the firing of coaches who Molested Football player youth?
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        by Barlow on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to Albert
        If this kind of story had to do with a Republican presidential candidate, who say was alledged to have assaulted or inappropiately propositioned women (ring any bells?), then it would be the "liberal media" who were attacking wouldn't it? I would refer to some earlier posts on this board if you don't remember. Wrong is wrong, whether it's right or left.
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          by No Comparison on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:04 AM in reply to Barlow
          Barlow this story has no comparison to the Cain allegations. The women who accused Cain have also been proven unreliable. It is the liberals that have caused this sort of thing to be tolerated and each and every one of you should be ashamed!!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:34 AM in reply to Albert
        And it is well known those coaches are conservatives.
  • by a mom on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    of course he will lie, a little too late...praying for the victims, and those to weak to the police everytime!!!!!!
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