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Sandusky proclaims innocence in TV interview

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The Associated Press has made several efforts to reach Sandusky by phone and through his attorney, but messages haven't been returned.

Sandusky proclaimed his innocence in a television interview on Monday night. (Photo: Associated Press)

A spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly declined to comment on the interview, citing the active investigation.

Asked if there was anything he did do wrong, Sandusky said, "I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

When Sandusky retired in 1999, at just 55, he cited his desire to devote more time to The Second Mile, a charity he founded in 1977 to help at-risk kids. According to a grand jury report, however, Sandusky was a sexual predator who used the charity and his Penn State connections to prey on young boys.

Though he was not particularly close with Paterno, he remained a familiar sight around the Penn State football complex. He was given an office in the East Area Locker building, across the street from the football building, as part of his retirement package, and would bring Second Mile kids around the football facilities.

Wide receivers coach Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, told the grand jury he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy about 10 years old in a shower at the team's practice center in March 2002. McQueary did not go to police but instead told Paterno, Curley and Schultz, although it is not clear how detailed of a description he gave.

Schultz, in turn, notified Spanier.

Paterno is not the target of any legal investigation, but he has conceded he should have done more. He and Spanier were fired because trustees felt they had not done enough after the 2002 incident.

The interview came on a day when the president of The Second Mile resigned. Jack Raykovitz, a practicing psychologist who had led the group for 28 years, said he hoped his departure would help restore faith in the group's mission. The Second Mile also announced it had hired Philadelphia's longtime district attorney as its new general counsel.

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