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Statement: Sandusky 'Deeply Disappointed' in Newspapers' Decision

by on March 31, 2011 7:48 PM

Jerry Sandusky is "deeply disappointed" that two Pennsylvania newspapers published on Thursday information about allegations against him, according to a statement from his attorney.

Attorney Joseph Amendola, based in State College, shared the written statement with reporters. It notes that Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, "has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout this ordeal" and that the state attorney general's office has made no determination about whether he "did anything inappropriate at all."

The Patriot-News reported Thursday that Sandusky is the subject of a grand-jury investigation. The Centre Daily Times also published the Patriot-News report.

The full text of the statement released by Amendola is posted below, unedited:

Jerry Sandusky has read with great dismay the article in today's edition of The Centre Daily Times and The Patriot-News about the Attorney General's purported Grand Jury investigation into his alleged inappropriate contact with juveniles in 2009 and 1998. It's noteworthy that the alleged 1998 incident referred to in the article was investigated by authorities at that time and determined to be unfounded.

Jerry is deeply disappointed in the papers' decision to publish this information prior to any determination by the Attorney General's Office that he did anything inappropriate at all. While Jerry has been aware of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General's Office for many months dating back to 2009, he has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout this ordeal.

In his many years of service as a football coach and in his almost daily involvement since 1977 with The Second Mile, which helps thousands of kids at risk each year, Jerry has dedicated his life to helping young people develop into solid, community-oriented, and successful young adults.

Should the allegations as set forth in today's newspaper article eventually lead to the institution of criminal charges against Jerry, Jerry fully intends to establish his innocence and put these false allegations to rest forever.

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