Sandusky admits taking showers with little boys, just not the bad kind
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky admits in a phone interview that he took showers with children, but denies he is a paedophile.
The former Penn State coach at the centre of a child abuse investigation that has shocked the US has admitted in an interview showering with young boys, but denies being a paedophile.
Jerry Sandusky told NBC News that he had "horseied around with kids", hugged them and touched their legs, but was innocent of the charges against him.
In a phone interview, he said he should not have showered with the children.
Mr Sandusky, 67, is accused of abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.
According to grand jury testimony, a witness saw him raping a boy as young as 10 in the Penn State showers in 2002.
Mr Sandusky told NBC News' Rock Center programme: "I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."
When asked if he had done anything wrong, he said: "I shouldn't have showered with those kids."
Asked if he was a paedophile, he said: "No".
Mr Sandusky was formerly assistant to Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired last week amid claims he did not do enough about the allegations.
Mr Paterno's name was taken off Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, also known as the Big Ten, on Monday.
Mr Sandusky allegedly groomed victims through the Second Mile, a charity for disadvantaged children he founded in 1977.
Jack Raykovitz, president of the charity for 28 years, resigned on Monday, saying he hoped his departure would lead to a "restoration of faith" in the organisation.
It emerged on Sunday that the judge who ruled Mr Sandusky could be freed on $100,000 (£63,000) unsecured bail had donated to the charity and worked as a volunteer for the group.
Prosecutors had requested $500,000 bail for Mr Sandusky and that he be required to wear a leg monitor.
State College District Judge Leslie Dutchcot did not immediately respond to questions about whether she would recuse herself from the case.
The Penn State scandal also claimed the job last week of the university's president, Graham Spanier.
Meanwhile, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice-president Gary Schultz deny charges they covered up the alleged abuse.
"You know, I don't want to sound like a pedophile or nothing, but taking showers with little boys kicks ass."