Monday, Jerry Sandusky took to the airwaves to defend his sullied reputation. During an interview with sports journalist Bob Costas, the former Penn State assistant coach proclaimed he is not a pedophile, but rather “enjoys” being around children.
After the shocking interview, Sandusky’s lawyer defended his client and even insinuated that many of the victims were backing down from their stories.
“They have other people who are saying they saw something, but they don’t have actual people saying, ‘This is what Jerry did to me,’ ” Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s lawyer, said. “We’re working to find those people, and when the time comes, and if we are able to do that, we think this whole case will change dramatically.”
After hearing Sandusky and his lawyer question the allegations, at least one of the victims has resolved to publicly tell his story. Ben Andreozzi, a lawyer for one of the alleged victims, called Sandusky a “coward” and said his client is ready to tell the world exactly what Sandusky did to him.
Andreozzi told the New York Times: “Mr. Sandusky suggested in some of his comments about the victims that maybe people were backing off. My client heard that and has dug in his heels. He is feeling more comfortable about going through with this. The comments maybe backfired. They have caused victims to be more motivated to testify against him.”
Although Sandusky was charged with raping and molesting eight boys, since the story broke, even more victims have decided to speak up. Just this week, the New York Times reported that 10 more victims have come forward to accuse Sandusky of abuse.
Many feel these latest victims are just the tip of the iceberg. Sandusky first started his non-profit sports program, Second Mile, in 1977 and worked with the organization full-time after his retirement from Penn State in 1999. Some feel there could be dozens of victims still out there.
Ben Andreozzi, a lawyer for one of the victims, said, “This is a situation that is only going to grow. When I represent a sexual abuse victim, we start with one or maybe two clients but as the ball gets rolling forward, more victims almost always come forward.”