Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged of sexually abusing 8 children over a 15 year period, some people are wondering if his wife Dottie Sandusky knew or suspected something, did he ever abuse any of their adopted children? What else do we know about Mrs. Sandusky?
Unfortunately there is not much information about Jerry Sandusky’s wife Dottie, this is what we know
Dorothy Gross from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was born on March 06, 1943,
she met her soon to be husband in 1964 in Little Washington, Pennsylvania. They began dating and had a long distance relationship when she moved to Chicago.
Dottie Gross became Dottie Sandusky in September 1966, they went to Presque Isle in September 1966, went to Presque Isle in Eire, Pa for their honeymoon and settled Huntington where Jerry was studying at Juniata College when Dottie decided to visit the doctors after fails attempts to get pregnant. She was told she couldn’t have children.
So adoption seemed like a great option and they ended up adopting six children, some were adopted when they were just infants, others were older.
Their eldest is Ray (46) who is a businessman living in Nashville, EJ (41) former Nittany Lions center player, former Albright College’s football coach now assistant football coach at West Chester University, Kara (38) a Penn State graduate, married and who once worked at the university, Jeff, (35) a former Marine, Matt (33) Penn State graduate and Jon also 33 who is Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns.
Dottie’s children once spoke about the opportunity their parents brought into their lives and future..
“My life changed when I came to live here. There were rules, there was discipline, there was caring. Dad put me on a workout program. He gave me someone to talk to, a father figure I never had. I have no idea where I’d be without him and Mom. I don’t even want to think about it. And they’ve helped so many kids besides me. “Who knows how any of us would’ve ended up if we hadn’t become Sanduskys.”
Dottie helped and supported her husband throughout his 23 year at Penn State and with his work at Second Mile.
“After we had taken in some foster children,” Dottie Sandusky told Sports Illustrated in 1982,
“we saw the opportunities that some kids just hadn’t had. But we’d gotten to the point where we couldn’t take in any more, so Jerry started thinking about starting a group home.” Said Dottie Sandusky.
After that we lost track of the life of Mrs. Sandusky who her husband called “Sarge” and who helped him at the Second Mile, nor we know what she thinks about her husband’s sexual abuse scandal, I just can imagine she must be devastated, especially after it was reported some of the abuse her husband did to these poor children took place at her basement,
It is so sad that while many think of Jerry as a Saint, leader of linebackers, molder of men, for his work at the organization Second Mile, it was at this same place where he picked his victims. He left the Second Mile last fall. Today he has been arrested and charged with 40 counts related to sexual abuse of young boys.
Dottie Sandusky has defended her husband’s innocence over and over again, but none of that helped him on his trial s more of victims came up telling their horrible stories with Sandusky who was ultimately linked to a child prostitution ring that included Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta. A gruesome revelation or events told by Greg Bucceroni who is a self-described former child prostitute, and what came next was not pretty either.
Yesterday Jerry Sandusky said he never abused boys, added that he was the victim of a conspiracy.
“I’m responding to the worst loss of my life. First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What’s the purpose? Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. That would be nice, but I’m not sure about it.
“I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.
“My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues. A young man who was a dramatic veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige & will all be temporary.
“Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened. Why, and who made it happen? Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn’t come out of isolation. The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks. I never labeled or put down them or their families. I tried and I cared, then asked for the same.
“Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain. We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me. We must fight unfairness and consistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are. We’ve not been complainers. When we couldn’t have kids, we adopted. When we didn’t have time to prepare for a trial, we still gave it our best. We will fight for another chance. We have given many second chances, and now we’ll ask for one. It will take more than our effort.
“Justice will have to be more than just a word; fairness more than just a dream. It will take others: somebody apolitical with the courage to listen, to think about the unfairness, to have the guts to stand up and take the road less traveled. I ask for the strength to handle everything and willingness to surrender only to God, regardless of the outcome.”
But not his statement of Dottie support could spare him for his sentence, 30 to 60 years in jail after a juror team of 5 men and 7 women found him guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. His wife Dorothy “Dottie” Sandusky was at his sentence hearing at the Centre County Courthouse.