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Ex Daughter-in-Law Accuses Sandusky of Abuse

Following a ruling on Monday that changed Jerry Sandusky’s bail conditions to allow him to interact with his grandchildren, Jill Thomas, the ex-wife of his son Matthew and mother of three of Sandusky’s grandchildren, issued a statement accusing Sandusky of inappropriately touching one of her children. Thomas was prepared to testify at the hearing on Friday but was not called.

Thomas claims that after charges were filed against Sandusky in early November, one of her children came to her and said that he had been “inappropriately touched” by his grandfather. Thomas has not come forward until now to protect her children’s privacy, but she did contact authorities.

In Judge John M. Cleland’s ruling on Monday, he said that the ability for Thomas’s three children to visit Sandusky would be decided by a custody judge in her divorce case.

“I do not believe it is safe for my children, or any children, to be around Jerry Sandusky,” Thomas said in the statement. “I cannot understand how a court could place the desires of someone who is criminally charged with sexually abusing children above the safety of children.”

Thomas was informed that there was not enough evidence to charge Sandusky with a crime, but her children have visited with a psychologist.

“I was also advised at the same time that the psychologist who investigated the case had concerns about what had happened to my son and could not rule out that Jerry Sandusky was grooming my son for sexual abuse,” she said. “The psychologist recommended that my son receive counseling and arrangements have been made for him to do so.”

Sandusky and his attorney Joe Amendola have vehemently denied these allegations.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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