Matthew Sandusky: "I Felt People Envied Me"

Aired on 07/17/2014 | CC tv-14
In 1977, former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky founded the children's charity the Second Mile, an organization designed to nurture underprivileged and at-risk youths. Years later, a young Matthew met Jerry Sandusky at a Second Mile camp and was eventually adopted by Sandusky.

In 2012, Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, and most of the victims who testified in the trial said they had met him through the Second Mile. (The organization, however, has never been charged with wrongdoing.) Near the end of the 2012 trial, Matthew made the stunning revelation that he had been sexually molested for years by his adoptive father.

Being next to a then-beloved figure like Jerry Sandusky, Matthew says, made him feel powerful. It also made it easy for his hero to manipulate him. "I felt people envied me instead of people looking down on me," he says. "You were the person that he chose to be beside him to do all of these things with him, and you had all of these other people—grown people—wanting to be there and be in your position."

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