Sandusky’s son says father abused him

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.”

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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.

Matt’s statement to prosecutors apparently happened after the state rested its case. For those following the trial, you may recall that Matt was one of the witnesses supposed to testify on Sandusky’s behalf. This explains why the defense never called him, and may explain in part why the defense never put Sandusky on the stand to testify on his own behalf.
As I noted above, it seems odd that someone as prolific an abuser as Sandusky allegedly is would never consider abusing his own children. But it makes perfect sense that he would abuse one of his own kids, particularly a boy he began fostering as a result of meeting him at The Second Mile and later adopted.
What this means is that even if Sandusky gets away with a hung jury (which is the only way I can see him walking free), the state can turn around and charge him with abusing his son. Even if Sandusky is convicted, they can still bring charges against him.
The only problem with this is that Matt denied being abused under oath in front of the grand jury. An incompetent defense attorney could use that to impeach Matt’s statements, although there seems little reason for Matt to lie about this.

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?

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10 thoughts on “Sandusky’s son says father abused him

  1. I sometimes tease my kids with the line “You dont need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out”. It seems that in regards to Sandusky you do. :(

  2. Prosecutors could not even get convictions on each charges they sought against Jerry Sandusky; what losers. Time to yank their law license to ever practice law anymore like they did to CNN-Nancy Grace. Now, maybe it’s time to hold up the prosecutors in the Sandusky case for their crimes in wasting our tax-dollars. Death penalty for the prosecution-teams, perhaps, because what they wrongfully did is clearly what they have done to Jerry. No victim had any credibility, imo, if it can be proven they each failed to call 911 to report the alleged-abuse-incidents within minutes of each alleged-abuse-scenario. Maybe each accuser needs a lengthy prison sentence too for their crimes in this trial. If a victim does not immediately notify police of an alleged crime at their first-opportunity, they then relinquish any and all rights to ever claim to be a victim of the alleged-crime in the future imo. The alleged-victims testified against Sandusky only because of their discomfort with being gay imo and cannot be trusted as truth-bearers because of such, imo.

  3. Prosecutors could not even get convictions on each charges they sought against Jerry Sandusky; what losers.

    That happened because the prosecutors did to some extent overcharge. They filed charges but in some cases did not have any evidence to support the charges. However, the jury found that the prosecutors did support the remaining 45 charges.

    No victim had any credibility, imo, if it can be proven they each failed to call 911 to report the alleged-abuse-incidents within minutes of each alleged-abuse-scenario.

    That is a moronic standard to hold a child to. Most of the victims were abused starting at 11 or 12-years-old, and they were abused by a man they admired, respected, loved, and trusted. They would no more call the police on him that they would have killed him at the time.

    If a victim does not immediately notify police of an alleged crime at their first-opportunity, they then relinquish any and all rights to ever claim to be a victim of the alleged-crime in the future imo.

    You do not punish people who are victims of violence for keeping silent. That is cruel, callous, and frankly stupid beyond belief.

    The alleged-victims testified against Sandusky only because of their discomfort with being gay imo and cannot be trusted as truth-bearers because of such, imo.

    “Imo”. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. You just said that you did not think any of the victims were credible. In order for them to be “gay”, the would have had to have sex with Sandusky when they were children. In other words, their accusations against Sandusky would have to be true. If you are going to make stupid, victim-blaming comments, at least have the sense to keep track of your warped logic.

  4. Jan, three of the charges related to incidents that the prosecutors did not provide evidence of. One was with McQueary and his admission that he saw no penetration. As a result, the jury could not convict on the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse charge. The other two charges were both indecent assault charges related to Victim 5 and Victim 6. These charges were likely dropped because of insufficient evidence. If you recall, Victim 6 stated he blacked out and could not recall what happened, and Victim 5 only testified to one instance of attempted fondling. In other words, there was no testimony supporting the charges, so the jury had to acquit Sandusky on them.

  5. An intern could have gotten convictions on every charge, time now to charge the victims and the victim’s parents for failing to report at the time for their negligence.

  6. That is not how the law works. The jury decides whether the evidence was sufficient or convincing. If they find that it is not, they will not convict on a given charge.

  7. That’s correct TS, but the prosecutor failed to get a conviction on each charge which is unforgivable imo. Not it’s time to set up the lawsuits against the molesters friends and family.

  8. 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?

    Just one red flag is enough – to just one person.

    But it does depend on what that person does with the red flag!

    If that person is close enough and keeps denying that flag (and even many flags and whole banners that come afterwards), it is possible for lies to be sustained for a very long time. It’s also possible to emotionally manipulate whole groups of people into defending the indefensible …. and covering up.

    I keep wondering at the preoccupation at Red Flags over Mr Sandusky. Stop. Look about and stop being colour blind – there are flags all over the place, even if some are being held down so that they don’t flutter and even flatter as visibly.

    I keep hearing a question: “What did Dotty Know?”.

    That’s the wrong question. It should be “What did Dotty Do?”.

    I remember the trial of Serial Killers Fred And Rosy West. One of the most shocking revelations was a supposed family joke. Their daughter Heather had gone missing, and it was a family joke that she was buried under the patio. When police excavated in 1994, guess what they found?

    When you grow up and are raised in a highly abnormal and controlled environment you believe it is normal – you become normal by complying and being part of that abnormality – and all too often you are also coached into believing that the rest of the world is abnormal and only the home life you now is safe …. and you must protect everyone in it.

    Kids get abused in so many ways by adults. I keep wondering why the adults in that household “both” allowed it to happen?

    Reacting to a red flag is supposed to mean reacting to danger and calling 911. But there are some who when they see Red Flags react differently, because the danger is not to anther person, but to themselves. That is not about claiming battered spouse defences – it’s about knowing that your fictional life is in danger and you will so anything to protect it, even at the expense of others … what ever the costs.

  9. When you grow up and are raised in a highly abnormal and controlled environment you believe it is normal – you become normal by complying and being part of that abnormality – and all too often you are also coached into believing that the rest of the world is abnormal and only the home life you now is safe …. and you must protect everyone in it.

    I know you meant this another way, but I cannot help wondering whether the same thing applies to Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky’s parents ran a rec center for kids that was literally next door to their home. Sandusky was an only child, and it is likely that most, if not all, of his early associations and friendships happened at that rec center. People come and go, and that might explain Sandusky’s desire for loyalty. Maybe he lost a lot of his friends as they grew up and moved on. I also wonder whether someone preyed on Sandusky in the way that he preyed on boys. His behavior is so specific that I think he may have learned it from someone else. That might explain his bewilderment at people’s response to his actions.

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