Trying to defend the accusations that former Penn State coach has got to be rough, but Jerry Sandusky shower defense is that he was trying to teach the boys “basic hygiene skill,” according to his new lawyer Karl Rominger.
“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills,” Rominger told WHTM-TV on Tuesday. “Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.”
Jerry previously said to Bob Costas in an interview, that he “horsed around with boys in the shower,” but never mentioned anything about practicing hygiene.
Sandusky was under an extensive grand jury investigation that indicted him on 42 counts of child molestation dating from 1994 to 2009, though the abuse may date as far back as the 1970s, with at least eight underage boys on or near the property of Penn State University.
The scandal led to the firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno after it was found out that he was alerted of Jerry’s actions about 10 years ago, but the university didn’t feel he did enough to report it. In addition, president Graham Spanier was forced to resign.
Jerry Sandusky’s wife spoke out against the accusations, calling them “false” and “untrue.”