December 4, 2020

Dorothy Dottie Sandusky is Jerry Sandusky Wife

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?

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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.

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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.

20 thoughts on “Dorothy Dottie Sandusky is Jerry Sandusky Wife

  1. Have held Paterno in high regard for decades. I am a Bama graduate. An old movie line is brought to mind where after the Chicago White Sox scandal of so many decades ago came to mind: a young boy meets Shoeless Joe Jackson and says to him while thinking of the accusations that he threw the World Series “…Say it ain’t so, Joe{Paterno}.” It is truly sad that more was not done to protect the most vulnerable young innocents in our society. You gotta go, Joe.

  2. Just a crying shame it went on so long! The whole lot of those Penn State guys should not ever be allowed to be employed at an school , ever! The only reason someone could ignore these accusations is that they were molesters themselves!!,

  3. Dottie Sandusky needs to be charged as well. As a matter of fact, other than the incredibly cowardly McQueary, I hold her to be most culpable. No way that she didn’t know her husband was a predator of the worst kind. After reading the grand jury report, it’s obvious that he acted brazenly, knowing full well that he could get away with heinous acts against children b/c he had so many times in the past.

    It will be interesting to see if any adults come forward who were molested by this animal in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s. We’ve only heard about the last 15 years but pedophiles don’t just start defiling children as young as 7-8 years of age in their 50’s. No question – there were a million signs over the years and ol’ Dottie chose to look the other way b/c she was married to her way of life and all the comforts and accolades that it afforded to her.

  4. Given the evidence in the formal indictment report, it seems highly likely that she was VERY aware of his behavior and simply looked the other way. Considering their lenghty marriage, it was probably an arrangement of some sort between them: If she lets him do ___, she could do ___. It could have been as simple as her not wanting to lose the benefits of being his wife (income, status, etc.) or fear of the damage their family would suffer if he was discovered. It could, of course, be something much more nefarious… maybe he video taped things and she liked watching. Either way, the bottom line is that there is no way she was unaware of this. Highly doubtful their children weren’t victims of sexual abuse by him… or even her. But just as doubtful that they’d have the guts to admit this… especially since they were adopted and gratitude/guilt would be held over their heads. Quite sad.

  5. I so agree with you. I have known 2 pedophiles in my life and they could not have normal sex with a woman–made them physically sick. Hence the adopted children. She had to have wondered about little time with her, lots of time with boys. She called an accuser. It bothers me that Sandusky is out on bail, he can be threatening accusers or abusing more children. Will he just get his hand slapped because he is a first time offender with so much prestige in his illustrious career? Even judges are part of this good old boy network of not understanding how damaging sex crimes are.

  6. Let me be the one to say what everyone knows is true: The world of sports is FULL of this kind of stuff. Everyone reading this had at least one gym teacher who picked the job so he could have access to boys everyone knew it.

    Hard fact but true: There are only two kinds of men who build their lives around hanging out with boys or adolescents in a physical context like sports or scouting: saints and pedos. And the world has a lot more pedos than saints……

  7. This story is extremely sad for everyone. I feel sad for the children as well as Jerry and Dottie, Paterno and the rest. I hope people will understand that Jerry admits his actions, he has done alot for Penn State and has helped many kids without incident. He has donated thousands of dollars of his own money to many charities that has helped many many poor families. He is deeply sad for what he’s done and wishes he could change it. I ask that you please have a little Christian forgiveness for him. Atleast he didn’t steal Billions of dollars of peoples retirement money, and ruin their lives like Bernie Madoff and his Wife.

  8. Are you serious,he’s sorry,OMG sorry is not gonna cut it,but I know what should be cut off,will not print here.He needs yrs and yrs of therapy unfortunately so do a lot of others out there that take advantage of kids-women included.

  9. You are defending Sandusky?

    You must think raping children is no big deal. Stealing retirement money is much less severe than molesting children. His whole purpose in life seems to be to fins vulnerable children to molest.

  10. I’m so disgusted wth this staff and every adult who witnessed or had knowledge. I just read the grand jury indictment and am sickened by each word that spilled out in fornt of me. Shame on every adult who had knowledge and turned away because they didn’t want to lose their job or whom they call friend. We tell children to tell and we’ll protect them. Why should they ever speak out when at least 2 adults can WITNESS Sandusky sodomize and perform oral sex on 2 seperate children and no one ran in to knock him on his butt. HELLO??? Then you have all the fondling and “back cracking”as well as wrestling he performed on 8 different boys that we know of. How many have yet to step forward or will forever live in their silence because he wanted to get off! May God forgive them for shattering the innocence of these children. My heart goes out to each one, however many there may be and may God give you courage to be brave to those who have stepped forward should you happen to read this.

  11. Penn State is going to have to live with those comments. My son, age 12 has a Penn State pullover sweatshirt that was a gift- we got rid of it immediately. It may be unfair in your eyes Teresa but many tarnished the University.

    Hopefully people are more aware and alert as adults and parents. My radar is on more than ever!

  12. You are right I feel sorry for all there adopted kids. People do not always adopt kids for the right reasons. Makes you sick. I wish there was a way to help them. Maybe if Dottie admits to everything she knew healing could begin. It is sad to have no voice to be afraid to tell. And when you do tell everyone looks at you like a liar and a murder.

  13. Elijah you have to be kidding me . Comparing Maddof to this disscusting crime maybe your are a child molester your self . What kind of a person are you comparing the innocence of our children witch is our future society . So you think money comes before our precious children . You should jump off the skyway bridge . Wakooooooo.

  14. No It is Not tru that in order for a person NOT to DO something that they too must be molesters themselves. I have tried to ask people to protect my helpless baby with what I believe is a father that is caapable of anything and do you know what people say ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here it goes (this eeven from mother of girls my child’s young age !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    I DONT WANT TO GET INVOLVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yES, THAT IS THE TRUTH pEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO GET INVOLVED even to help a child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  15. What he did was far worse than stealing money! His wife and every single person at the University who covered up for him should all be going to prison, too. The horrible lives these young men have had to live are cause for much more punishment than he is going to receive. As for forgiveness, he has to ask for it. He would have to admit what everyone else already knows – he did it. over and over and over – he did it! Redemption and forgiveness is available for the truly penitent. Even if he asked for it, that would not negate the need for punishment.

  16. Oh my goodness, how does sorry erase the nightmares these children will have to live with for the rest of their lives? How does sorry erase the physical sexual abuse? How does money erase the disgusting acts? So, by helping some families, did that give him the right to destroy other families?

  17. She needs to keep her mouth shut everytime she opens it she makes it harder for Jerry… act like a lady would you please and keep you trap shut!!!

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