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Jerry and Dottie Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky and his wife Dottie arrive at the Centre County Courthouse on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

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Questions surfaced about what Jerry Sandusky's wife knew or didn't know concerning Jerry's sexual abuse of young boys during their long lasting marriage.
Quick Marriage Facts - Dottie and Jerry
Met: 1964.
Married: 1966.
First Marriage: Yes.
Convicted: Jerry, June 2012.

Did You Know?
Jerry and Dottie raised six children and took in foster children.

News Updates:

10/09/2012: Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years up to 60 years in prison which is in reality a life sentence. Claiming his innocence, Sandusky wants to appeal the conviction.

6/22/2012: Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse and placed in custody. Read more.

Born:

Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky: January 26, 1944 in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Dorothy "Dottie" Gross: Abt. 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

When Did Jerry and Dorothy Meet:

Dorothy and Jerry met in the summer of 1964 in Little Washington, Pennsylvania. After she moved to Chicago, they had a long distance relationship.
Jerry: "It was the summer before my senior year of college when I met the girl I would eventually marry ... it was at a picnic the Browns were hosting that I met Dottie."
Source: Jerry Sandusky. Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story. 2001. pg. 78.
Bill Moushey, Robert Dvorchak: "After she went back to Chicago, they stayed in touch through letters. In one Jerry told her, 'You are my destiny.'"
Source: Bill Moushey, Robert Dvorchak. Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence. 2012. pg. 24.

Wedding Info:

Jerry and Dottie were married in September 1966.

Honeymoon:

Dottie and Jerry honeymooned in Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania and stayed at a Howard Johnson motel.

Children:

Dorothy and Jerry adopted five sons and one daughter. They also took in foster children.
  • Edward Joel Sandusky:
  • Ray Sandusky:
  • Kara Sandusky:
  • Jeff Sandusky:
  • Jon Sandusky:
  • Matt Sandusky: Matt revealed he was a victim of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse.

Occupations:

Jerry: Assistant college football coach, author.

Dorothy: Homemaker, volunteer at the Second Mile.

Residence:

The Sandusky's live in State College, Pennsylvania.

Quotes about the Marriage of Jerry and Dorothy Sandusky:

Dottie: "I love my husband ... He's not who they say he is."
Source: Mike Dawson. "Dottie Sandusky says convicted husband Jerry is 'not who they say he is.'" Centredaily.com. 7/26/2012.

Nate Schweber: "Those who believe Sandusky to be guilty have been unsure what to make of her. Had she truly been in the dark? Was she in denial? Was she, too, culpable, having, perhaps through negligence, served as an enabler? Did she ever confront her husband about all the young boys in their lives, and in their basement playroom, and, as has been claimed in the trial, in their hotel rooms?"
Source: Nate Schweber. "An Intriguing Figure Has Yet to Speak at Sandusky's Sexual Assault Trial." NYTimes.com. 6/17/2012.

Dorothy: "I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has done."
Source: Colleen Curry. "Jerry Sandusky's Wife Denies She Ignored Rapes." ABCNews.go.com. 12/8/2011.

Darlene Ellison: "But I know firsthand that someone can be married to a man for years, share a bed with him, raise children with him, and still have no clue that he spent his days as a predator of young boys. I never suspected a thing."
Source: Darlene Ellison. "How Dorothy Sandusky Could Have Been Duped." TheDailyBeast.com. 11/26/2011.

Darlene Ellison: "Often, as I eventually learned, these predators are masters of deceit, creating a façade of the 'ideal family' to protect their image, or perhaps convince themselves that they’re not a deviant to society, all the while acting on their sick desire to engage in sexual acts with kids."
Source: Darlene Ellison. "How Dorothy Sandusky Could Have Been Duped." TheDailyBeast.com. 11/26/2011.

Laurie Whitwell: "He endearingly called his wife 'Sarge,' because she was in charge in their home."
Source: Laurie Whitwell. Why did Jerry Sandusky's wife call abuse victim weeks before his testimony and how much did Dorothy and six adopted children know about Penn State 'paedophile'?" DailyMail.co.uk. 11/14/2011.

Laurie Whitwell: "Despite these actions, there is no suggestion whatsoever in the indictment that Mrs Sandusky was aware of her husband's sexual relations with Victim 1 or any of the other seven victims. Experts have suggested that she and her children could well have been kept in the dark."
Source: Laurie Whitwell. Why did Jerry Sandusky's wife call abuse victim weeks before his testimony and how much did Dorothy and six adopted children know about Penn State 'paedophile'?" DailyMail.co.uk. 11/14/2011.

Jerry: "It seemed Dottie was always the one to bail me out when things didn't go right in my fix-it experiences ... It was quite obvious I wasn't mechanically incliined, but Dottie always seemed to find the wherewithal to stand beside me."
Source: Jerry Sandusky. Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story. 2001. pg. 84.

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