Dottie Sandusky stood by her husband Jerry throughout his trial on charges of child sex abuse and the love she still has for her husband is stronger than ever despite the recent conviction.
The conviction on charges of child sex abuse hasn’t changed her feelings for the man she’s been married to for 40 years.
“I love my husband,” she told a Centre Daily Times reporter in a brief interview Thursday on a street in Bellefonte, Pa. “He’s not who they say he is,” she added.
Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator under Joe Paterno, remains in jail awaiting sentencing after his conviction in June on 45 charges of molesting 10 boys. At 68, he faces a minimum of 60 years in prison.
She has remained by her husband’s side since his arrest in November, posting bail last winter and attending court proceedings with him. In December, she issued a statement saying he was innocent, saying accusers were lying.
On Thursday, Dottie reportedly was meeting one of her sons and his friend for pizza when she was interviewed and declined to elaborate on her testimony in Sandusky’s trial. In June, she testified that she remembered most of the men who testified that they were molested as children and that her husband had not had inappropriate contact with them. At issue was whether some incidents occurred in the basement of the family’s home.
She testified that it wasn’t soundproof and that she heard no sounds of a struggle, contradicting one man who testified that he screamed as he was assaulted by Sandusky.