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Sandusky's wife: 'I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence'

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky left jail Thursday after posting a $250,000 bail. His wife came to his defense, saying no child was forced to stay in the basement of the Sandusky residence. NBC's Brian Williams reports.


The wife of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky says she's "shocked and dismayed" by the child molestation charges against her husband but continues to believe he is innocent, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Dorothy "Dottie" Sandusky broke her silence on Thursday, issuing a statement on the same day her husband was released on bail and placed under house arrest.

After spending the evening in jail, Sandusky posted bail using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, according to online court documents.

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Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 new sex abuse counts involving two new alleged victims. He has maintained his innocence. In all, he faces more than 50 charges.  

The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims who in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled youth. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts while also making sexual advances toward them.

One of the new accusers said Sandusky kept him in a basement bedroom during overnight visits to Sandusky's home, forced him to perform sex acts and assaulted him.

According to the grand jury report, "the victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him."

Dorothy Sandusky vehemently denied that allegation.

"No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home," she said in her statement.

NBC Philadelphia provided Dorothy Sandusky's full statement:

I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State College Communities.

I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn’t respond to his cries for help.

As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don’t know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue. 

I continue to believe in Jerry’s innocence and all the good things he has done. Jerry’s many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive memories of those kids keep me going. I am asking everyone to please be reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry has the opportunity to prove his innocence.

I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad time in our lives.

                                                                                                                      Dottie Sandusky

Sandusky was charged last month with abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years. The allegations that were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them.

The scandal resulting from Sandusky's arrest led to the ouster of school President Graham Spanier and longtime head football coach Joe Paterno.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Earlier: Sandusky freed on bail after night in jail

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