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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.: Jerry Sandusky’s son told police he was sexually abused starting when he was 8, a decade before the former Penn State assistant football coach adopted him, according to a police interview recording obtained by NBC News.
Matt Sandusky, who was adopted by Jerry Sandusky as an adult, described for investigators showering with the ex-coach and trying to avoid being groped in bed. He also said he was undergoing therapy, that his memories of abuse were only now surfacing and that he was coming forward so his family would know what happened.
“If you were pretending you were asleep and you were touched or rubbed in some way you could just act like you were rolling over in your sleep, so that you could change positions,” the now-33-year-old Matt Sandusky said in an excerpt played Tuesday on NBC’s Today.
His attorneys confirmed the recording’s authenticity to the Associated Press.
“Although the tape was released without Matt’s knowledge or permission, it illustrates that he made the difficult decision to come forward and tell the painful truth to investigators despite extraordinary pressure to support his father,” lawyers Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin wrote in a statement.
The same lawyers issued a statement Thursday saying Matt Sandusky had been abused and had spoken to investigators during his father’s trial. The next day, Jerry Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 criminal counts stemming from the abuse of 10 boys, all of whom he met through his charity for at-risk youth, the Second Mile.
Matt Sandusky met the man who would eventually adopt him through the same organization.
Jerry Sandusky, who has five other adopted children, hasn’t been charged with abusing his son.
Matt Sandusky sat with the ex-coach’s wife, Dottie, on the first day of the trial, but left after hearing one of the accusers testify. His attorneys have said he reached out to them while the trial was under way, saying he wanted to talk to prosecutors.
Messages left for Sandusky’s other children were not returned.
On the police recording, Matt Sandusky says he was sexually abused off and on between the ages of 8 and 15. While being questioned by an investigator, he says Jerry Sandusky would blow raspberries on his stomach and touch his genitals.
Those acts were similar to ones described by other victims who testified against Sandusky.
In the recorded interview, Matt Sandusky was asked if he recalled engaging in oral sex or being raped by the former Penn State coach. Matt Sandusky says “at this point I don’t recall that.”
On the tapes he says he had tried to escape from Sandusky and also had attempted suicide at one point.
“I know that I really wanted to die at that point in time,” he said.