Former Penn State coach denies sex abuse charges

Jerry Sandusky says in an interview with NBC that he is innocent of the child sex abuse charges that have rocked Penn State and cost Joe Paterno his job. But the former defensive coordinator admitted he "horsed around" and touched kids.In a telephone interview that aired on NBC News' "Rock Center," Sandusky responded, "No," when Bob Costas asked if he was a pedophile.

"I am innocent of those charges," the 67-year-old Sandusky said. "... I could say that I have done some of those things. 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."

Sandusky was once considered Paterno's heir apparent. He is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year span, with several of the alleged assaults occurring on Penn State property.

Athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president Gary Schultz are charged with perjury. Paterno and president Graham Spanier were fired for not doing enough after Sanduskywas accused of assaulting a young boy in the showers of the campus football complex in 2002.

The interview with Costas was Sandusky's first public comment on the charges. He had previously maintained his innocence through his attorney.

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