BELLEFONTE — Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky trial were allowed on Wednesday to play part of an interview the former Penn State coach did on a national TV show.
But on Thursday, the judge in the case directed jurors to disregard the audio version and instead refer only to a printed transcript of that interview during their deliberations.
That’s because the audio version that was allowed in court repeated an exchange with Bob Costas in which Sandusky hesitated before answering a question, a response that immediately attracted widespread attention.
“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?” Sandusky said in the part that was repeated.
He went on to say, “Sexually attracted? No, I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, but no, I’m not sexually attracted.”
Senior Judge John Cleland didn’t explain the details of what had happened to the jury. Instead he told them there had been some audio errors.
He told the jury it will be “critically important” their memory is based on the transcript, not the erroneous audio.
The defense didn’t object when that portion of the interview was repeated.
Sandusky had done the audio interview with Costas in November for the show “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”