Jerry Sandusky Trial: Adopted Son, Matt, Says He Was Molested; Jury Asks To Rehear McQueary Testimony

on June 21 2012 5:15 PM
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In an exclusive interview with the "Today" show, former Penn State coach and convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky laughed off allegations of his misdeeds, claiming that the prosecution's key witness misinterpreted his relationship with a young boy. Reuters/Pat Little

Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of accused serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, told prosecutors this week that he was molested by the former Penn State defensive coordinator and was willing to testify against his adopted father, according to his attorney.

This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt, and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment, attorney Andrew Shubin said in a statement Thursday.

Matt Sandusky had never previously alleged molestation by his adopted father, but his biological mother, Debra Long, testified before a grand jury in 2011 that she witnessed strange behavior between the two.

The prosecution ultimately decided not to call Matt Sandusky to the stand.

The statement was issued after jurors began deliberating 48 charges against Jerry Sanduksy. The jurors are sequestered during deliberations.

Later Thursday evening, the jury asked to rehear testimony from two witnesses, the Associated Press reported.

The jurors want to listen again to the testimony of Mike McQueary, a onetime Penn State graduate assistant who reported seeing Sandusky assault a boy in a shower. They also want to rehear the testimony of Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who testified that McQueary gave him a different account of what he saw.

The jurors made the request of Judge John Cleland more than seven hours after they began their deliberations.

Cleland suggested they might want to adjourn for the evening. They exited the court room to talk about it.