Jerry Sandusky denied allegations of sexual child abuse in an interview with the New York Times released Saturday. During the four-hour interview, Sandusky said that former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno never approached him about the investigations into Sandusky's relationship with children in 1998 and 2002.
"I never talked to him about either one," he said. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don't know."
Paterno was fired last month, in part for failing to notify the police after assistant coach Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, allegedly caught Sandusky sodomizing a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers in 2002.
According to Sandusky, his relationships with kids was largely misunderstood.
"They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever," Sandusky told the Times. "I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."
So far, eight alleged victims have come forward accusing Sandusky of sexual abuse. More audio from the interview can be found at the New York Times.
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