On Thursday, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky spoke to Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah Prime” about the sexual abuse his adopted father committed. Sandusky is the former Penn State football coach who was in the news the past couple of years. The son, Matthew, said that the abuse consisted of oral sex, according to The Associated Press.
Matthew told Oprah that the abuse would occur at night when Jerry tucked him into bed. He was told to wear just underwear or blue mesh shorts when going to bed. Matthew said that Jerry would blow on his belly, tickle him and they would wrestle on the floor. He said the encounters would then become more sexual.
“Then it’s, then as I now know, it’s oral sex,” he told Oprah. “He’s doing that to you and it’s very confusing, it’s very confusing for you because you have a reaction, you know. It’s something that you at that time you definitely don’t know what’s happening.”
During an interview with police, Matthew denied any oral sex occurring during the abuse. In the interview he said that Jerry would rub against or touch his genitals. He said he could not remember any penetration or oral sex. Matthew said that he was receiving therapy and that memories were starting to come back into the forefront of his mind.
“So that they can really have closure and see what the truth actually is. And just to right the wrong, honestly, of going to the grand jury and lying,” Matthew said two years ago.
Jerry was never charged with a crime against his adopted son and Matthew was not called to testify in the case.
“The overnight visits were – they were good. I mean, except for that one part, bedtime. Bedtime was the bad part. But any other time that we were in the home, that we were doing anything in the home with the family, it was fine,” Matthew told Oprah.
Matthew said that he recognized abuse from his life in the testimony of Victim 4 in the trial.
“But his story isn’t his story – it’s my story,” Matthew Oprah. “At this point, that’s where the door really opened up and it kind of just hit me from every single detail that this man is talking about.”
Matthew said he thinks Jerry believes what he did to him and the others did not constitute harm.
“I think that he believes, the things that he was doing to us, that was love to him,” he told Oprah. “That was him taking care of us. That was him being there for us when no other person would have been. So in his own – to me – warped way, I truly believe that he believed that he cared and that he was loving us.”