STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The wife of ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Thursday her husband is innocent of the child sex abuse allegations and that accusers are making up their stories, including one suggesting she was home while Sandusky attacked a boy who screamed for help.
Dottie Sandusky's comments defending her husband were her first since Sandusky was arrested last month and accused of molesting boys he met through a charity he founded for troubled youth. He faces more than 50 charges and maintains his innocence.
She released the statement through her husband's lawyer a day after a grand jury report detailed claims of two new accusers, including the testimony of one who said he cried out for her help while Sandusky assaulted him in a basement bedroom.
"I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue," she said. "We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue." Dottie Sandusky, who has raised six adopted children, said she has been "shocked and dismayed" by the claims.
"I have been devastated by these accusations," she said. "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."
Earlier Thursday, Jerry Sandusky posted bail after spending a night in jail in the latest child sex abuse charges filed against him. Sandusky used $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, online court records show. A judge has ordered him subject to electronic monitoring.