Jerry Sandusky speaks in court for first time: Idea of sexual abuse ‘was totally foreign to me’
Jerry Sandusky was back in court Friday in Centre County for an appeal hearing and denied child abuse molestation charges he was convicted on in 2012.
It was the first time he’s taken the stand during his criminal proceedings during the last four years.
“Absolutely not. … That idea was totally foreign to me,” Sandusky said, via PennLive.com’s Colin Deppen, when asked if he was guilty of sexually abusing children. “That [sexual contact with children] is disgusting and dirty, and something that I never would have thought of, and something that I never did with anybody.”
The 72-year-old Sandusky, who spent more than three decades as a defensive assistant at Penn State, received at least 30 years in prison after being found guilty of abusing 10 boys. Friday, he was hoping to have his conviction thrown out or get a new trial.
Sandusky also blamed his attorneys for botching his original trial and said it wasn’t his idea to waive his right to testify during his 2012 trial.