Dottie Sandusky hasn't blinked in the face of her husband's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse of children. She's still by his side, supporting him and making sure he's got a small circle of loyal supporters. She also scores a win when the Commonwealth Court reinstates Jerry's state pension. She tells Pittsburgh's Action News 4 she expects it will be eaten up by legal expenses.
She tries to keep her family together as they endure years of legal wrangling. Their adopted son Matt, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, rebuffs her, she says. He doesn't take his meds and has gotten into trouble for calling his dad a liar, she adds.
For her part, Dottie believes her husband is being wrongly imprisoned. "I think he's being railroaded by this thing that's not about child sexual abuse," she said on "Today." She added: "The victims were manipulated and they saw money. And once lawyers came into this case, they saw the opportunity."
She hasn't had any contact with the boys who say they were abused by Jerry, but she insists her husband is innocent. She was the first person to report that Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was suspected of abusing children. She led the Patriot-News' Pulitzer-winning coverage of the scandal through the indictments of Spanier, Schultz and Curley. She's now a free-lance journalist and teaches journalism at the University of Florida. She's also a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times.