Matt Sandusky's Interview with Oprah to Air Thursday
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of a convicted pedophile and former Penn State football coach, says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that his family appeared like any other traditional family, except at bedtime.
Matt Sandusky's first interview since Jerry Sandusky's 2012 conviction will air at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
In advance, the network released this portion of the interview:
OPRAH: What were the overnight visits like?
MATT: The overnight visits were -- they were good. I mean, except for that one part, bedtime. Bedtime was the bad part. But any other time that we were in the home, that we were doing anything in the home with the family, it was fine and it was -- again, you would look at that family and you would say, wow. Like I wish that I had brothers and sisters that cared about me. I wish that I had a mother who cooked dinner every night for the whole family. I wish that I had all of these things. But then at bedtime, his ritual began.
Jerry Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison. In 2012, a jury found him guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. After trial, Matt Sandusky, publicly claimed to be one of Sandusky's victims.
Some of the victims' abuse occurred on Penn State's campus. So far, Penn State has reached monetary settlements with 26 victims, including Matt Sandusky, for a total of $59.7 million.
In March, Matt Sandusky's mother, Dottie, gave interviews with national reporters in which she proclaimed her husband's innocence, a move that outraged victim advocate groups across the country. She also said her son's accusations of abuse were false.
Recently, Matt Sandusky started a non-profit group to support survivors of child sexual abuse.
Meanwhile, Jerry Sandusky is positioning himself to pursue one final legal option to overturn his conviction, according to his attorney.
Defense attorney Al Lindsay of Butler recently told StateCollege.com he will represent Sandusky with a post conviction relief petition. The Post Conviction Relief Act in Pennsylvania allows convicted defendants to challenge their sentences based on an argument of poor legal representation.
In April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear Sandusky's appeal, therefore the post conviction relief petition is essentially Jerry Sandusky's final legal option.