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Jerry Sandusky denies child sex abuse allegations

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Accused child sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is denying allegations he sexually assaulted young boys, but admitted to showering with them.

"I'm innocent of these charges," Sandusky told Bob Costas on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams." "I have horsed around," he said referring to showering with and touching boys, but "I am not a pedophile."

"I shouldn't have showered with those kids, he added."

Sandusky's denial comes as a New York City charity is investigating whether it sent children for vacations at Sandusky's home.

Reports from about a decade ago mentioned that Sandusky and his wife served as volunteer hosts for children from New York's The Fresh Air Fund for several years.

Sandusky was charged on Nov. 5 with sexually abusing eight young boys, and prosecutors said he met all his alleged victims through the nonprofit Second Mile program for disadvantaged youth, which he founded in 1977.

Second Mile said it cut ties with Sandusky in 2008.

NBC News Correspondent Peter Alexander reported Monday night that assistant coach Mike McQueary, the student who allegedly witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in 2002, emailed former teammates and said "the truth is not out there fully."

"I made sure it stopped," McQueary allegedly wrote.

Football coach Joe Paterno, 84, was fired by the university after it was revealed that while he had fulfilled his legal obligation by telling the athletic director about the alleged incident, he did not call police. Penn State President Graham Spanier was fired for not telling authorities.

(with Reuters) 

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