BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Following a Friday morning hearing to address details of his house arrest and pending trial, accused child abuser Jerry Sandusky made a three-and-a-half minute statement to the media.
Speaking at a podium in front of the Centre County Courthouse, an animated Sandusky -- hands waving at times -- rambled to the press on a variety of topics, including his lack of resources, the inability to see or even talk to his grandchildren while under house arrest awaiting trial and criticisms from neighbors who have expressed outrage at seeing Sandusky on his back deck.
The former Penn State football assistant coach even tried to make a joke at the expense of defense attorney Joe Amendola. It fell flat, as Amendola did not smile.
Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, did not answer any questions and retreated back into the courthouse as soon as his statement was complete.
Judge John Cleland is expected to rule on the defense's petition for relaxed house arrest rule and the prosecution's petition for a jury pool from outside of Centre County early next week. Sandusky took the stand during the hearing but only to say he agreed with Amendola's stance that the jury should be made up of citizens of Centre County.
The trial is tentatively set for May 14.
Here is Sandusky's verbatim statement:
I just want to say that I don't have a lot of resources. But what I do have is some people who pour their heart and soul into defending me. I'm grateful for them, grateful for the people who have stood beside me and given me the opportunity at some point in time to reach out and express my feelings.
Now they're human. When I say that, I might be upset with them tomorrow he (pointing to Amendola) doesn't realize he's human, but, uh that's OK.
My purpose, as I understood, for being here today was first of all to support the motion that Joe Amendola made that involves me being sensitive to people that have been a part of my life for a long time. Friends who call me and want to be with me and want to see me. And I have to say no, I can't. They ask why. So I asked Joe why. That's why he brought it up.
And when I had a wife who came home after visiting with grandchildren, or who is sitting there when grandchildren call on my birthday and they ask to talk to me, and she has to tell them that they can't. I'm sensitive to that. Or when she comes home from visiting with grandchildren and tells me that one of them said that, 'The only thing I want for my birthday is to be able to see Pop.' I'm sensitive to that. That's why I came today.
Finally, you know, to address their concerns for me being on my deck. Our home has been open for 27 years, to all kinds of people -- people who have stayed there hundreds of people who have stayed there. More than that who have visited there. I've associated with thousands of young people over the years.
Now, all of a sudden, because of allegations and perceptions that have tried to have been created about me, now I can't take our dog on our deck and throw out biscuits to him.
Now all of a sudden these people turn on me when they've been in my home, with their kids. They've attended birthday parties. They may have been on that deck and their kids have been playing in my yard. When their kids have been sled riding when they've asked to sled ride at our home.
It's difficult for me to understand, to be honest.
You know what, knowing the people that stand by me (pointing to his wife, Dottie), if those people (the neighbors) came back and said you know, that door would open again. That's the kind of people they are.
I'm just grateful for them. Now I gotta go home and think about all the people who support us.