Jerry Sandusky Laughs During Jailhouse Interview; Still Proclaims His Innocence

By Kahlil Thomas, Posted: 03/26/13 04:00PM EDT

NBC's "Today" show aired a jailhouse interview that documentary filmmaker John Ziegler conducted with convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky and there were parts of the interview where Sandusky seemed to laugh off the crimes he was convicted of.

The former Penn State coach was interviewed for a documentary by Ziegler, which he is using to try and exonerate late Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. In the phone interview, Sandusky called into question the testimony of former graduate assistant Mike McQueary and what he saw in the showers at the football facilities in 2001.

"I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds associated that was sex going on like he said that could've been," Sandusky said about McQueary claims of hearing "sounds of a sexual nature" coming from the showers. "I mean, that would have been the last thing I would have thought about. I would have thought maybe fooling around or something like that." He stopped talking to laugh and continued.

"That would have been the last thing I would have thought about. I would have thought, maybe fooling around or something like that."

He also stopped to laugh once again.

Sandusky also told Ziegler that if Paterno felt that Sandusky was a pedophile, there is no way that Sandusky would have been retained on the Penn State staff.

"If he absolutely though I was [a pedophile], I'd say no," Sandusky said. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that."

Ziegler was interviewed by Matt Lauer of the "Today" show and Lauer asked the filmmaker whether he believes Sandusky is guilty. He said that he believes that Sandusky was guilty "many" of the charges against him, but McQueary's story about that night has changed over the years since he told Paterno the next day.

"I'm trying to Joe Paterno, effectively, his day in court ... I have no doubt that jerry Sandusky was guilty on many of things, if not all the things that he was accused of, but I do believe there were due process problems with the trial."

While Ziegler is trying to exonerate Joe Paterno, the Paterno family released a statement renouncing Ziegler's attempts.

"Sandusky had the opportunity to speak, under oath, during his trial and he chose not to do so. Releasing a recording at this time, nearly a year after he was found guilty on 4 counts, is transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story."

"Any attempt to use this recording as defense of Joe Paterno is misguided and inappropriate."  

It has been nine months since Sandusky was convicted of 45 or 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for his charges. His case is going through he appeals process.

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