Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach and convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, will appear in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey on July 17 in which he reportedly discusses his personal account of sexual abuse he suffered from Sandusky.
According to Philly.com, this will be the first television interview given by any of Sandusky’s six adopted children since his 2012 sex-abuse charges. According to the website, Matt Sandusky, 35, met Jerry and his wife, Dottie, when he was a boy attending their Second Mile charity. A few years later he would move in with the family and would be formally adopted when he was 18.
Matt Sandusky tells Oprah that his adoptive father had a ritual of “grooming, methodical control and manipulation,” according to Oprah’s website.
“At bedtime, his ritual began,” Sandusky tells Oprah in a brief video clip of the episode.
According to the Associated Press, Matt Sandusky was one of 26 men who settled a civil claim against Penn State. Matt Sandusky’s account of abuse was not included in the 2012 criminal case, and as such, Jerry Sandusky was never charged with abusing his son. He was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys, a 45-count conviction that has him serving 30-60 years in prison.