Jerry Sandusky facts: Age, parents, wife, children, net worth and more revealed

Jerry Sandusky
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for resentencing on his 45-count child sexual abuse conviction Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jerry Sandusky born Gerald Arthur Sandusky is an American convicted serial child molester and retired college football coach.

Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno. Sandusky was an assistant coach at Penn State from 1969 to 1999, serving as defensive coordinator for the final 22 years of his career.

He received “Assistant Coach of the Year” awards in 1986 and 1999. Sandusky authored several books related to his football coaching experiences.

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Age

Jerry Sandusky was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, on January 26, 1944. He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2024.

Parents

Jerry Sandusky parents are Evelyn Mae (née Lee), an Irish Catholic homemaker who came from a small Pennsylvania coal mining town, and Arthur Sandusky, whose parents, Edward and Josephine Sendecki, were immigrants from Poland who moved to East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

Sandusky’s father Arthur worked with youth service programs for over 30 years, mostly as director of the Brownson House in Washington, Pennsylvania, a community recreation center for children.

His father founded the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling program, and created junior basketball, volleyball, boxing, and football programs for Brownson House. He improved its facilities, adding a new playground, gym, outdoor basketball court, and a renovated football field.

He managed the 1955 Washington, Pennsylvania baseball team that won the Pony League World Series championship, the only team from Washington to win that championship. Arthur was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Siblings

Currently, there is a lack of available information online regarding the siblings of Jerry Sandusky.

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Jerry Sandusky wife Dottie Sandusky

Wife

Jerry Sandusky is married to Dottie Gross since 1966 . Dottie Sandusky has been a controversial figure in the media due to her unwavering support for her husband, despite his conviction of child molestation charges.

In an interview with Matt Lauer, Dottie Sandusky maintained that her husband is innocent of the charges of child s*x abuse that resulted in his imprisonment.

“Do I believe him?’’ she told Matt Lauer. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

She believes the victims’ financial gain was at play.

“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”

Children

Jerry Sandusky and his wife Dottie Sandusky have six adopted children together. Sandusky and his wife have also served as foster parents.

One of Sandusky’s sons, Jon Sandusky, was director of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns from 2010 to 2014. Another son, E. J. Sandusky, is an assistant football coach at West Chester University. Sandusky described his family as “old fashioned”, and his wife Dottie as the family’s leader.

Matt Sandusky, one of Sandusky’s children and a former foster child of Sandusky’s, released a statement through his attorneys saying that Sandusky had s*xually molested him as a child. Matt Sandusky’s statement was released on the day the jury began deliberations in the s*x abuse trial against Sandusky.

On February 13, 2017, another of Sandusky’s adopted children, his son Jeffrey (Jeff), was arrested and charged with s*xual assault of a child and possession of child pornography, and entered a plea deal while awaiting trial in September 2017, with sentencing scheduled for December 2017.

On December 8, 2017, he was given a sentence of three-and-a-half to six years in prison after “pleading guilty to pressuring a teenage girl to send him nak*d photos and asking her teen sister to perform a s*x act.

Net worth

Jerry Sandusky’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million as of January 2024 . Most of his earnings are from his long career as a coach.

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More about Jerry Sandusky

In 1977, Sandusky founded The Second Mile, a non-profit charity serving Pennsylvania’s underprivileged and at-risk youth.

Following his 1999 retirement from Penn State, he continued working with the Second Mile at Penn State and maintained an office at the university until 2011.

In 2011, following a two-year grand jury investigation, Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of s*xual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009.

Sandusky met his molestation victims through the Second Mile, the organization he founded in 1977. Several of his victims later testified against Sandusky in his sexual abuse trial. Four of the charges were subsequently dropped.

On June 22, 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 remaining charges. Sandusky was sentenced on October 9, 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison. He has been incarcerated in the Pennsylvania prison system since October 31, 2012.

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