Jerry Sandusky, the incarcerated ex-Penn State assistant coach and convicted child sex offender, can be heard laughing off the damning testimony against him on audio clips aired during a "Today Show" interview on Monday.
The clips were pulled from a documentary by filmmaker John Zeigler titled “Framing Paterno,” in which Sandusky can be seen laughing at the testimony from former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who said he heard “sounds of a sexual nature” coming from a campus locker room where Sandusky was alone with a young boy.
“I don’t understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds associated that was sex going on like he said that could’ve been,” said Sandusky of McQueary’s claims. “I mean, that would have been the last thing I would have thought about. I would have thought maybe fooling around or something like that.”
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The Zeigler documentary is an attempt to clear the name of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno. In the clip, Sandusky tells Zeigler that he was not sure whether Paterno would have let him keep coaching if he had suspected Sandusky was a pedophile.
"If he absolutely thought I was [a pedophile], I'd say no," Sandusky said in the audio recording. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that."
“I’m trying to get Joe Paterno, effectively his day in court … I have no doubt that Jerry Sandusky was guilty of many of things, if not all the things, that he was accused of, but I do believe there were due process problems with the trial,” Ziegler told Matt Lauer on “Today.”
Sandusky was investigated by university police after the incident involving the shower with the boy on campus in 1998, but continued as Paterno’s right hand man at Penn State through 1999.
It has been nine months since Sandusky, 69, was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys
. He has always maintained that he is innocent regardless of the fact he was found guilty on 45 of 48 charges.
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"Yeah, I hugged them," Sandusky said, according to transcripts of the taped interview posted on the Zeilgler’s website. "Maybe I tested boundaries. Maybe I shouldn't have showered with them. Yeah, I tickled them. I looked at them as being probably younger than even some of them were. But I didn't do any of these horrible acts and abuse these young people. I didn't violate them. I didn't harm them."
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