Sandusky Denies Child Sex Abuse Allegations

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Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky denied allegations that he sexually abused eight boys, insisting he is not a pedophile.

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told NBC News in an interview broadcast Monday.  

Still, the 67-year-old conceded he had "done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids."
   
The news comes as police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse from as many as 10 new suspected victims, according to a report by The New York Times.
   
Sandusky, who was arrested more than a week ago, retired from coaching college football more than 10 years ago.

At the time, he said he wanted to focus his time on putting together football camps for young kids.  His vehicle was a Pennsylvania charity he named Second Mile.
   
The charity's executive director has resigned and its board has hired a former Philadelphia district attorney to conduct an internal investigation of just how much Second Mile employees knew about Sandusky's alleged misconduct.

"Someone like Coach Sandusky, you know, was almost a god," Thomas Day, a former Second Mile participant, said.

Day says his interactions with Sandusky were limited and always part of a group. But he said the program made a huge difference in his life, and he fears the current scandal will destroy it.

"It's imperative that this foundation continue its mission in some way, shape, or form," he said. "We can't abandon these kids. They rely on these mentors too much."
   
Pastor and criminal defense attorney Randy Singer told CBN News the case highlights the importance of reporting suspected abuse.

"That's what got (former Penn State football coach Joe) Paterno," Singer told CBN's Newswatch in a recent interview. 

"He could have stopped this and he didn't," Singer said. "I saw a sign from a student - 'The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.'"

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