The one-time Penn State assistant football coach started The Second Mile in 1977, initially for at-risk boys, and later expanded for girls too.
Sandusky began coaching for Penn State in 1969. He went on to become known as the defensive mastermind behind Penn State’s win against Miami at the Fiesta Bowl in January 1987.
He retired from Penn State after the December 1999 Alamo Bowl to devote himself to The Second Mile. In 1998, police investigated allegations that he had showered with a boy, but no charges came of the report.
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Key player: The defandant's wife, Dottie Sandusky
Lives with her husband, Jerry, in their College Township home. The couple adopted six children.
She has been seen sitting behind and walking with her husband at court appearances.
In December, after a report from the state saying that Dottie Sandusky was home when one boy was abused in the basement and that he screamed for help, she issued a statement, saying, in part:
“Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don’t know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.”