Dottie Sandusky to appear on Today

Posted: March 13, 2014

Dottie Sandusky will appear on Today on Wednesday morning to discuss how her husband, Jerry, has adapted to life since he was sent to prison for child sexual abuse.

The recorded interview with NBC's Matt Lauer will be the first such appearance for Dottie Sandusky since her husband's 2012 conviction.

Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at a state prison in Greene County, in southwestern Pennsylvania. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach was convicted of abusing 10 boys he met through the charity for underprivileged youth that he founded.

In a clip released Tuesday by the network, Lauer asks Dottie Sandusky how prison has changed her husband. Sandusky, weeping, recounts that when someone wrote her husband a letter asking what he missed, his response revolved around the social life he left behind.

"Family meals, the fun time with the grandkids, playing ball, doing special things with friends," she told Lauer.

Dottie Sandusky has been unwavering in her support of her husband, and was at his side throughout his trial. She submitted a letter to the judge in the case before her husband was sentenced saying he was "not the monster everyone is making him out to be."

She also attended a hearing in Harrisburg this year as part of a hearing over whether her husband will be allowed to keep his state pension.

Today airs from 7 to 11 a.m. on NBC3.


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