Sandusky's wife makes another defense of husband

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 4:29 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's wife is defending her husband again, this time in a written piece provided to a Harrisburg news organization.

Dottie Sandusky claimed in the posting Monday on Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/1A5XWLr ) that her husband was innocent of the child sex-abuse charges for which he has been convicted.

She wrote that she is not delusional, even though many people disagree with her about the case.

The letter took aim at a documentary that includes an appearance by her adopted son, Matt, who cooperated with prosecutors during Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial in 2012.

Jerry Sandusky, Penn State's retired defensive football coach, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison term.

Dottie Sandusky said it was a "crazy idea" to think former coach Joe Paterno and former university president Graham Spanier would have put children at risk to protect her husband, who was retired at the time.

Dottie Sandusky, who lives in State College, gave several interviews earlier this year in which she also argued her husband was wrongfully convicted.

Last week the Penn State board voted against a proposal to re-examine a 2012 report into how the school handled the Sandusky matter. The report, produced for Penn State by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, concluded Paterno, Spanier and other high-ranking administrators concealed key facts about Sandusky's abuse to avoid bad publicity.

Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley await trial on criminal charges they engaged in a cover-up of complaints about Sandusky, allegations all three men have vigorously denied. Paterno died of lung cancer in early 2012, a few months after Sandusky's arrest.

Pennlive.com said the letter was reviewed by the publishing company's lawyers for potentially libelous content and edited accordingly.