An 1987 interview with Jerry Sandusky, the former PSU defense coordinator charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse, surfaced today, painting a feature on the Second Mile charity founder in a disturbing light following the grand jury report's findings in the Penn State scandal.
Interview Paints Disturbing Picture
How did it [The Second Mile] all start? Basically, because I'm a frustrated playground director, I guess.
Back in 1987, Jerry Sandusky was known to football fans and Penn State alums as a talented assistant coach, the right-hand man of Penn State legend Joe Paterno and the founder of a charity for at-risk youth, an organization he called The Second Mile. In an NBC feature on his charitable endeavors, Sandusky presented himself as a man dedicated to giving back to the local community.
In the wake of a sex abuse scandal that has called Penn State University officials into question and caused the head of Second Mile to unceremoniously resign on Nov. 1, Sandusky's words take on a different and deeply disturbing light.
I enjoy being around children, Sandusky said in the NBC interview. I enjoy their enthusiI enjoy being around children, Sandusky said in the NBC interview. I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them.
Everybody needs people to care for them, Sandusky said. Sometimes they don't want it. Sometimes they don't understand what you're trying to do.
I Was Wrong... I Wish I Were Dead.
About a decade after the NBC feature, Sandusky was investigated in the first of a string of abortive attempts to uncover the sordid reality of his relationship to the kids at Second Mile. Police listened in as a mother confronted Sandusky about an incident where the former defense coordinator showered naked with her son. I was wrong, Sandusky told her, according to the grand jury report. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead.
No charges were filed in that case, or in the numerous other instance over the past decade in which Sandusky's behavior was reported to police and Penn State authorities. In the wake of Paterno's firing and the resignations of Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, Sandusky's statement in the interview, lamenting the fact that kids are growing up awfully fast today, takes on a far more chilling tone.
Below, watch the uncovered NBC footage of the 1987 Sandusky interview.