Jerry Sandusky has always maintained his innocence. Now, more a decade after his conviction, the disgraced former Penn State football assistant coach has filed a motion for a new trial, WPXI reported.
Sandusky, 79, was found guilty of sexually abusing young boys in June of 2012 and wants a new trial due to evidence allegedly discovered after his conviction.
A press release says that part of the after-discovered evidence involves the transcript of a young man’s interview with police back in 2011. The young man, known as “SS,” said more than a decade ago that he never saw any of Sandusky’s actions as sexual, nor did Sandusky make him uncomfortable. The release said that SS told the investigator that he’d inform him of any wrongdoing occurred.
Six years later, SS came forward as a victim of Sandusky. The release claims that the transcript showed that victims’ testimonies changed because of tactics used by certain attorneys.
Sandusky became the center of the scandal that shook up the sports world back in November of 2011. He was arrested on 40 criminal counts Nov. 5. Four days later, Sandusky’s former boss, Joe Paterno, was fired after nearly 62 seasons at Penn State (almost 46 as head coach). Many deemed that Paterno didn’t do enough to stop Sandusky, and because of that, his legacy is a polarizing topic.
Once a player at Penn State, Sandusky coached at his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1966, and then again from 1969-99, spending the last 23 seasons of his coaching career as the team’s defensive coordinator. Sandusky founded the Second Mile in State College in 1977, a foundation that’s slogan was “providing children help and hope.” The Second Mile was granted approval to dissolve in 2016.
In November 2019, Sandusky, then 75 years old, was re-sentenced to 30-60 years in prison.