Sandusky's adopted son to speak out about sexual abuse for first time
JUL 08, 2014 4:23p ET
After years of silence, Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of imprisoned former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, is opening up about his suffering as the victim of repeated sexual abuse.
On Thursday, July 17, Sandusky's first public interview will air as he answers questions from Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) at 9 p.m. ET, according to the Huffington Post.
In the interview, Matthew -- currently married and a father himself -- will describe the grooming patterns and routines he endured while being raised by Jerry and Dottie Sandusky.
The Post says Matthew will respond to Dottie Sandusky's accustions against her husband's victims and share details on Jerry Sandusky's nightly ritual. He is one of six children Jerry and Dottie Sandusky adopted.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, found guilty of raping or fondling 10 boys he had met through the acclaimed youth charity he founded, The Second Mile.
Matthew had originally been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. At the time of the trial, Matt Sandusky claimed the abuse started when he was 8 years old. He recalled in a police interview that he would pretend to be asleep to avoid being touched.
He since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family and was one of 26 people who won a monetary settlement based on the abuse.
Associated Press contributed to this report.