Penn State Sex Scandal: Excerpts of jailhouse interviews with Jerry Sandusky to air, says NBC

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. on Oct. 9, 2012
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(CBS/AP) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Excerpts of jailhouse telephone interviews with convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky, which his lawyer said were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno, will be aired on NBC next week.

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In excerpts scheduled to air Monday on the "Today" show, the network says Sandusky will give his account of the encounters that landed him in prison and discuss Paterno, his former boss. An investigation funded by Penn State accused Paterno of covering up allegations against Sandusky in a bid to preserve the football program's reputation.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term after being convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys, including violent attacks inside campus athletic facilities. He maintains his innocence.

Sandusky defense lawyer Norris Gelman said Friday that John Ziegler interviewed Sandusky over the phone and perhaps in person in recent weeks.

NBC said Sandusky will also talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 he saw Sandusky showering with a young boy in a football locker room. McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State.

Pennsylvania prison system spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said Friday that recording devices are not allowed during prison visits, but telephone calls can be taped.

"Mr. Sandusky is where he needs to be," McNaughton said. "Rather than focusing on him, we wish the media would focus more on the victims and their recovery from the deeds of this individual."

Paterno's firing by the school a few days after Sandusky was arrested in November 2011 triggered a strong backlash among a segment of Penn State's vast alumni ranks, among others. Ziegler is listed as a principal on a website titled: "The Framing of Joe Paterno: Documenting an Outrageous Rush to Judgment."

Sandusky is pursing appeals, and Gelman said Friday he was waiting for a briefing schedule to be set by Superior Court.

Paterno died of lung cancer in January 2012, about two months after his firing.

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