There has been a nagging question since the case against Jerry Sandusky broke news: if Sandusky is such a prolific abuser, did he abuse any of his own children?
The state has argued that Sandusky is a methodical predator, seeking out the weakest, most vulnerable boys, waiting a year after they joined The Second Mile before beginning the grooming process. If we are to believe the state, he may have even created the Second Mile just to get access to boys.
How plausible is it then to believe that he would never have abused his own children? Plenty of pedophiles do not abuse their own kids, but there is a catch with Sandusky’s kids: they are all adopted.
That is a perfect situation for someone with a preference for certain types of boys because they could choose which boys to adopt. That unfortunately sounds like what happened to Matt Sandusky:
Lawyers for one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons said the man has told authorities the former Penn State assistant football coach abused him.
The lawyers issued a statement Thursday naming Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, and saying that the 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father’s sex abuse trial.
“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse,” Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici wrote in the statement. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators.
“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment.”
Matt Sandusky went to live with Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, as a foster child and was adopted by them as an adult.
Shortly after the former coach’s arrest in November, Matt Sandusky’s ex-wife went to court to keep her former father-in-law away from their three young children. Jill Jones successfully obtained a restraining order forbidding the children from sleeping over at their grandparents’ home.
At around the same time, details emerged that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide just four months after first going to live with the couple in 1995. He had come into the home through The Second Mile charity, which Jerry Sandusky founded, and was first a foster child before being legally adopted.
The thing that truly bothers me is that there are so many red flags that it is impossible that other people knew nothing of Sandusky’s actions. Now we have one of his sons, also from The Second Mile, who attempted suicide just four months after moving in with Sandusky, and that happened in 1995.
How many signals does it take for people to realize something is wrong with Jerry Sandusky?