Jerry Sandusky's wife speaks

Updated: July 27, 2012, 8:30 AM ET
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The wife of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says she still loves him and "he's not who they say he is."

Dottie Sandusky made the comments Thursday to a Centre Daily Times reporter during a brief encounter on a street in Bellefonte, Pa., near Penn State, where her husband was an assistant football coach under Joe Paterno.

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AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarDottie Sandusky, shown here in a photo at her husband's trial last month, told the Centre Daily Times on Thursday that Jerry Sandusky is "not who they say he is."

The newspaper reported that Sandusky was meeting one of her sons and his friend at a pizza shop, just down the street from where her husband was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Jerry Sandusky is behind bars awaiting sentencing. He faces a minimum of 60 years in prison.

Dottie Sandusky testified at her husband's trial last month. She said she remembered most of the men who told a jury that her husband sexually abused them, but she said he never had inappropriate contact with them as boys.

She also said the basement where the boys would stay wasn't soundproof, a statement that contradicted one man's testimony that he screamed during an assault but couldn't be heard.

Sandusky stood by her husband since allegations first came out last year that he sexually abused boys. She posted his bail, accompanied him to court proceedings and issued a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence and said that accusers were making up their stories.

In her testimony last month, she said she knew several of the accusers, some well. Some of them, she said, were "clingy" around her husband while another was "charming." Nearly all would stay overnight in the Sandusky home and her husband "would tell them good night," she said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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