Jerry Sandusky’s wife speaks out, says he’s innocent

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty in his sex abuse trial on June 22, 2012. (CNN)

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty in his sex abuse trial on June 22, 2012. (CNN)

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NEW YORK — The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is defending her husband of 37 years, saying he is not guilty of child sex abuse for which he is serving a prison sentence.

“Do I believe him?” Dottie Sandusky said on “Today.” “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

She also believes the victims were seeking a financial windfall.

“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,” she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”

Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 charges of sexual abuse of young boys in June 2012. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison and is serving it at a maximum-detention facility in Waynesburg, Pa.

Dottie Sandusky was also asked if she believed her husband was guilty of inappropriate behavior with some of the boys who accused him.

“I don’t believe that,” she said. “I believe he showered with kids. That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in. … There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”

During the trial, one of the victims said he screamed while being sexually abused in the Sanduskys’ home in State College, Pa. Dottie Sandusky said it was a small house and said in the interview she didn’t hear anyone “because he didn’t scream.”

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