PennLive.com has published an op-ed written by Dottie Sandusky, the wife of imprisoned former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, in which she writes in defense of her husband and says he's innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.
Sandusky wrote the op-ed in response to the documentary "Happy Valley," which she says she recently saw.
"Happy Valley," written and directed by Ami Bar-Lev, covers the scandal involving Penn State and Jerry Sandusky, who was accused in 2011 of sexually abusing multiple children over a period of years. Sandusky was later convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 and is currently serving 30 to 60 years in prison, essentially a life sentence for the 70-year-old.
In her op-ed, the entirety of which can be found here, Dottie Sandusky takes issue with the way "Happy Valley" depicts Jerry and the events surrounding his criminal investigation and subsequent conviction. She reaffirms her stance that her husband "is not a pedophile" and that he didn't commit any crimes.
"Happy Valley" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is scheduled for theatrical release on Nov. 19.
As a result of the investigation into Sandusky's crimes, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, president Graham Spanier and vice president Gary Schultz all were fired or forced to leave their jobs, and the latter three faced criminal investigations for their role in the Sandusky scandal.
Penn State's football program received sanctions that included a postseason ban, scholarship restrictions, vacated wins and a $60 million fine after an NCAA investigation into the Sandusky scandal. Earlier this fall, the NCAA restored Penn State's postseason eligibility and lifted its scholarship restrictions because of how the program and university have responded since the punishment was handed down.
- Ben Estes