The former Penn State assistant coach charged with molesting eight boys says prosecutors have misunderstood his work with children and that he never sexually abused any child.
Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky tells the New York Times, "They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever."
Sandusky tells the newspaper, "I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."
Sandusky is accused of using his Second Mile charity to find underprivileged boys to abuse. Sandusky tells the Times that the charity never restricted his access to children until he became the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008.
He says he would regularly give money to the boys in his charity, and opened bank accounts for them and gave them gifts that had been donated to the charity.
Sandusky says, "I think a lot of the kids really reached out" for wrestling and hugging. He says that aspect of the relationships "just happened that way."
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