The prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial reportedly contacted NBC News on Friday in hopes that they might use an unaired portion of Sandusky’s interview with Bob Costas. The footage includes an exchange about Sandusky’s work with The Second Mile and his interaction with young people.
“But isn’t what you’re just describing the classic MO of many pedophiles?” he asked. “And that is that they gain the trust of young people, they don’t necessarily abuse every young person. There were hundreds, if not thousands of young boys you came into contact with, but there are allegations that at least eight of them were victimized. Many people believe there are more to come. So it’s entirely possible that you could’ve helped young boy A in some way that was not objectionable while horribly taking advantage of young boy B, C, D and E. Isn’t that possible?
Sandusky replied: “Well — you might think that. I don’t know. In terms of — my relationship with so many, many young people. I would — I would guess that there are many young people who would come forward. Many more young people who would come forward and say that my methods and — and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life. And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.”
Listen to Sandusky’s comments to Costas here (specifically, at 2:30):
The footage might be used as a line of questioning if Sandusky takes the stand to testify in his own defense. [NBC News]