Well I could say that, you know, 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 leg. Without intent of sexual contact. But - so if you look at it that way - there are things that wouldn't - you know, would be accurate.
- Jerry Sandusky's response to Bob Costas asking him if he is guilty
Sandusky's interview with Bob Costas was a massive tactical error. His response won't help him defend against the criminal charges or the inevitable civil lawsuits (suing for money).
In the interview, Sandusky admitted to showering with children, touching their legs and horsing around with them. What he didn't admit was kissing or sodomizing the children. So he admitted a lot of what the prosecution will have to prove except rape, sodomy and various other sexual acts (see summary of grand jury testimony below).
These statements will be front and centre at the criminal trial and they will be most difficult for Sandusky's defence lawyer to dismiss. As well, Sandusky's admissions will also be featured at any civil trial. His statements together with potential testimony from various unrelated victims will present a significant challenge for Sandusky.
I would also expect that an alleged victim who saw the interview may now be inspired to come forward when otherwise he may not have.
Here's the interview: