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Sandusky: Paterno Never Confronted Me

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In a nine-minute interview with The New York Times, Jerry Sandusky said former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno never confronted him about allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Sandusky spoke with the Times over a two-day period this week in State College as his December 13 preliminary hearing approaches.

He faces 40 counts of sexual abuse toward children.

In the interview, Sandusky doesn’t talk about Tim Curley or Gary Schultz, the former Penn State administrators facing perjury charges.

"I never talked to him about either one," Sandusky said about incidents that were investigated in 1998 and 2002. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don't know."

He worked for Paterno for nearly 30 years until he suddenly retired in 1999.

Penn State's board of trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 because it felt the football coach didn't go far enough in alerting authorities after assistant coach Mike McQueary said he told Paterno he saw Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the football building showers in March 2002.

Sandusky denied he sexually abused any child and that prosecutors have misunderstood his work with children.

"They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever," Sandusky told the Times. "I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."

He is also accused of using his Second Mile charity to find boys to abuse. Sandusky also said that the charity never restricted his access to children until he became the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008.

He said he regularly gave money to the disadvantaged boys at his charity, opened bank accounts for them and gave them gifts that had been donated to the charity.

"I tried to reward them sometimes with a little money in hand, just so that they could see something," he said. "But more often than not, I tried to set up, maybe get them to save the money, and I put it directly into a savings account established for them."

"I never bought a computer for any kid; I had a computer given to me to give to a kid. I never bought golf clubs. People gave things because they knew there would be kids. They wanted to get rid of things."

Asked about his physical interaction with children who were not his own, Sandusky said that aspect of the relationships "just happened that way."

"I think a lot of the kids really reached out" for wrestling and hugging, he said.

The paper said he grew most animated when talking about his relationships with children and most disconsolate when he spoke of Paterno and Penn State, and the upheaval caused by his indictment.

"I don't think it was fair," he is quoted as saying.
 

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