Sandusky's Wife Issues Statement of Support

Dottie Sandusky says she continues "to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done."

On a day when accused child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky was released from jail on $250,000 bail, his wife issued a statement saying she supports her husband.

“I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done,” Dorothy “Dottie” Sandusky said in the statement, which was issued through her husband's defense attorney, Joe Amendola.

A former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky is facing more than 50 charges of abusing 10 different minors. He is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday.

In early November, Sandusky was charged with abusing eight boys. He was arraigned and released on $100,000 unsecured bond. Prosecutors filed charged relating to two more alleged victims Wednesday, and at his arraignment on those charges bail was set at $250,000 straight cash.

Unable to produce the money at the time, Sandusky spent the night at the Centre County Correctional Facility. He was released Thursday afternoon, after his wife submitted $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check to cover bail.

Dottie Sandusky's statement -- presented verbatim and without editing -- can be seen below:


I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State College Communities.

I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn't respond to his cries for help.

As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.

I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done. Jerry's many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive memories of those kids keep me going. I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence.

I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad time in our lives.

Dottie Sandusky


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