Who is Dottie Sandusky?

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  • Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, is accused of raping and molesting children
  • His wife, Dottie Sandusky, may testify at the trial
Who is Dottie Sandusky?

Jerry Sandusky's wife Dottie has been spotted at the courthouse where her husband is on trial for molesting 10 boys. This raises the possibility that she may testify today. 

The shocking details we have heard in the Jerry Sandusky trial have raised a lot of questions about his wife of 46 years, but she hasn't been in court with him so far because she's a potential witness. Witnesses aren't allowed in the courtroom until the judge permits them.

Dottie Sandusky has led a relatively private life, but here's what we do know about her: She is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and married her husband in 1966. The couple couldn’t have children, so they adopted five boys and one girl. 

The Sanduskys also fostered several children throughout their marriage. Dottie Sandusky also helped her husband start The Second Mile charity for underprivileged children in 1977. Prosecutors say Jerry Sandusky found his victims at The Second Mile.

In his autobiography, “Touched,” Jerry Sandusky wrote about his courtship with his wife.

“I was always very shy and backward; never one to be aggressive socially. Even though I spent time talking with Dottie a couple of times, I couldn’t bring myself to ask her out on a real date," he wrote. "It was a good thing my mother wasn’t as shy and backward as me. It was thanks to her, after all, that I ended up getting together with Dottie on a regular basis.

"She asked her to come to a softball game I was playing, and I ended up taking her home. Maybe I just needed that one little push because one thing led to another, and before long, we had become closer," he wrote.

In a 1982 interview with Sports Illustrated, Dottie Sandusky talked about starting The Second Mile.

"After we had taken in some foster children, we saw the opportunities that some kids just hadn't had. But we'd gotten to the point where we couldn't take in any more, so Jerry started thinking about starting a group home,” she said.

Since the scandal broke, she has released a statement declaring her husband's innocence.

“As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. 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,” the statement read.

READ MORE: Click here for Dottie Sandusky’s complete statement declaring her husband innocent

One accuser said Dottie Sandusky knew about the alleged abuse happening in her home, but did nothing to stop it.

The man known as Victim 9 testified before a grand jury that he was being assaulted by Jerry Sandusky in the Sanduskys' basement bedroom. He said he screamed for help, knowing Dottie Sandusky was upstairs, but no help came. We have not heard Victim 9's story in court yet, but he is expected to testify at by the end of the week.

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