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Sandusky Trial: Dottie Sandusky Says She Never Saw Any Inappropriate Contact Between Husband and Second Mile Boys

by on June 19, 2012 4:07 PM

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BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky’s wife said she never saw any inappropriate contact between her husband and his alleged victims.

Dottie Sandusky testified Tuesday afternoon to many of the events described to the court last week when the alleged victims took the stand.

She said her husband and a young boy were fully-clothed when she walked in on them in a hotel room during a bowl trip.

And following a 1998 Penn State Police investigation into Sandusky showering with a young boy that yielded no charges, Dottie Sandusky said that boy maintained contact with Sandusky, calling to ask them to sponsor him on a mission trip and having dinner with them last summer at a Cracker Barrel.

Last week, alleged victim No. 4 testified Sandusky was in the shower with him and threatened to send him home from the Alamo Bowl if Sandusky didn’t get what he wanted.

Alleged Victim 4 testified Sandusky tried to force him to perform oral sex on Sandusky in that shower – only one of several attempts where he said he was sexually assaulted by Sandusky.

Tuesday, Dottie offered a different take.

“I walked in and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ Jerry was very upset. We had asked [him] if he wanted to go to a luncheon. He said he’d really like to go,” Dottie Sandusky said.

“They were just standing in the little hallway. They had their clothes on. Jerry was yelling. I knew Jerry was mad. It was just the way he looked, and he said, ‘We did this for you. You got to do this.’ ”

Dottie Sandusky characterized alleged victim No. 4 as demanding, conniving, always wanting his way and not listening a lot. She called alleged victim No. 1 very clingy to Jerry, somebody who would never look people in the eye.

Alleged victim 9? She called him a charmer.

She testified she never heard any screams from the basement and never suspected any sexual abuse in the basement. In fact, she said Jerry would only go downstairs to say goodnight to the kids sleeping over. She said she didn’t fall asleep before Jerry and that he slept upstairs in their bedroom 90-95 percent of the time.

To that end, she said the boys sleeping over had the option of sleeping in the basement, the first-floor bedroom or, if vacant, one of the upstairs bedrooms.

Dottie, who will be married 46 years to Jerry in September, testified for about 40 minutes Tuesday. She downplayed the frequency of overnight visits from Second Mile children but said she wasn’t good with years and couldn’t definitively answer to estimates for how often overnight visits would occur with certain accusers.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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