Jerry Sandusky's Adopted Son Says He Was Also Victim Of Abuse: [ send to a friend ]
Lawyers for one of Jerry Sandusky's adopted children revealed that he had also been abused by Sandusky and had offered to testify in the case.
Sandusky is charged with 48 counts of sexual abuse and other offenses for allegedly molested 10 young boys while coaching at Penn State. He could face life in jail if convicted.
"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," the lawyers, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici, said in a 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 at this time."
After deliberating for more than eight hours on Thursday, the jury in Sandusky's sex abuse trial is back in court to listen again to testimony from a key prosecution witness.
Eight victims testified during the trial. One victim, identified only as Victim 9, described being alone in the basement of Sandusky's home, where he was raped and forced to perform oral sex.
"There was no fighting against it," he told the court. "Sometimes scream, sometimes tell him to get off me, but other than that, who was there? We were in the basement, no one could hear you down there."
Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, has said the case against him did not hold up.
"You have to believe he was the boldest perpetrator in history, taking these kids out, showering with them in front of other coaches," he said. "It doesn't add up. It makes no sense, absolutely no sense."
Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty on 45 of 48 counts. His bail has been revoked and he was handcuffed and sent to the Center County Correctional Facility.