HARRISBURG - Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State assistant coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago.
Matthew Sandusky spoke on "Oprah Prime" about abuse he says occurred when Jerry Sandusky would tuck him in during overnight stays at the Sandusky home in central Pennsylvania, after being instructed to wear only underwear or blue mesh shorts.
Jerry Sandusky would tickle, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, he said, and the encounters would gradually become more sexual.
"Then it's, then as I now know, it's oral sex," he told Oprah Winfrey. "He's doing that to you, and it's very confusing. It's very confusing for you because you have a reaction, you know. It's something that you at that time, you definitely don't know what's happening."
The claim of oral sex was specifically denied in an audiotape of his 29-minute interview with police detectives that NBC obtained at the time of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 trial.
At bedtime in the Sandusky's home in State College, he told Winfrey, Jerry Sandusky's "ritual began."
"The overnight visits were - they were good. I mean, except for that one part, bedtime. Bedtime was the bad part. But any other time that we were in the home, that we were doing anything in the home with the family, it was fine," he said, but at bedtime, the older man's "ritual" began.
He said he wonders if it wouldn't have been easier to simply keep quiet and not turn against his adopted father, knowing it would alienate family members who helped him in many ways over the years.
Matthew Sandusky said he believes that Jerry Sandusky does not think he harmed him or any of the other boys.
"I think that he believes, the things that he was doing to us, that was love to him," he told Winfrey. "That was him taking care of us. That was him being there for us when no other person would have been. So in his own - to me - warped way, I truly believe that he believed that he cared and that he was loving us."