Attorney: Sandusky shower comments taken out of context

A Carlisle attorney who has joined the defense team of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his recent comments on the case have been taken out of context.

During an interview with abc27 News this week, attorney Karl Rominger spoke of Sandusky's admission that he showered with boys. Rominger said that some troubled children, like those helped by The Second Mile charity, don't have basic hygiene skills.

“Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body,” Rominger said during the interview.

In a statement issued Thursday by Rominger and Associates, Rominger said the media accounts of his answer have become “somewhat exaggerated.”

“When answering why a person might be in a shower with a youth, I proposed one hypothetical, such as an adult leading by example and encouraging a youth with bad or poor hygiene to shower regularly,” he said in the statement.

“Some commentators have argued that I am saying that Mr. Sandusky showered with youths and touched them inappropriately for the purpose of teaching them how to shower,” Rominger said. “That is not what I said.”

“First, there's no evidence of inappropriate touching in a shower, except for discredited statements from the grand jury presentment,” he said. “Further, Jerry has maintained his innocence and denies any sexual touching or inappropriate touching in the shower.”

“Therefore, I would like to clarify that I am not suggesting that this is what happened in this case, but was answering questions about possible motivations an individual might have for an adult to shower with a juvenile,” he said.

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