published Friday, March 22nd, 2013

NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

Jerry Sandusky
Jerry Sandusky
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NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week, which his lawyer said were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno.

The network said in the segment, to be broadcast Monday on the “Today” show, the convicted sex offender will give his account of the encounters that landed him in prison and discuss his former boss, who was accused in a university-funded investigation of covering up allegations against Sandusky in a bid to preserve the football program’s reputation.

Sandusky defense lawyer Norris Gelman said Friday that John Ziegler interviewed Sandusky over the phone and perhaps in person in recent weeks. Ziegler did not respond to a call and email from the AP, but told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg he would share taped excerpts on the program.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys, including violent attacks inside campus athletic facilities. He maintains his innocence.

NBC said Sandusky also will also talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 he’d seen Sandusky showering with a young boy in a football locker room.

McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State.

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