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Sandusky's wife defends husband on abuse charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The wife of ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Thursday her husband is innocent of the child sex abuse allegations made against him and that his accusers are making up their stories, including one suggesting she was home while Sandusky attacked a boy who screamed for help.

Dottie Sandusky's comments defending her husband were the first she has made since Sandusky was arrested last month and accused of molesting boys he met through a charity he founded for troubled youth. He faces more than 50 charges and has maintained his innocence.

She released the statement through her husband's lawyer a day after a grand jury report detailed claims of two new accusers, among them the testimony of one who said he cried out for her help while Sandusky assaulted him in a basement bedroom.

"I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue," she said. "We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue."

Earlier Thursday, Jerry Sandusky was released after a night in jail when he posted bail stemming from the latest child sex-abuse charges filed against him. A judge has ordered him subject to electronic monitoring.

Sandusky faces criminal accusations from 10 young men who claim he molested them.

Sandusky, 67, has said he showered and horsed around with boys but never sexually abused them.

Until her statement, Dottie Sandusky, 68, had kept largely out of sight since the charges were filed.

The grand jury report that accompanied the 12 new charges Wednesday said one alleged victim testified Jerry Sandusky kept him in a basement bedroom during overnight visits to the home, fed him there, forced him to perform oral sex and attempted on at least 16 occasions to anally penetrate him, sometimes successfully.

"The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him," the grand jury report said.

In her statement, Dottie Sandusky disputed his claims.

 Penn State plans to cooperate with the Big Ten after the conference said it would review the child sex-abuse scandal at the school and reserved the right to hand down sanctions pending its findings.

The 12-member league also announced Thursday it would begin an immediate review of institutional control of athletics at its schools, including the possibility of a common set of "stress tests" to ensure accountability and oversight.

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