Attorney Karl Rominger, one of Jerry Sandusky’s new defense team members, has put his foot in his mouth before things have even really begun. In a recent interview he presented a theory in the case: that what looks like abuse was actually a helping hand.

“Some of these kids 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.”

Oh. Ok.

Rominger has since released a statement saying that this comment was taken out of context and that he was:

“…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.”

Yet somehow, he has managed to make us think even more about what Sandusky was up to because it’s that hard to find a good reason for showering with a teenage boy. Not smart. My legal expertise comes solely from Law & Order marathons, but presenting eye-roll-inducing defense before trial has even begun doesn’t sound like a very good idea to me.

Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of sexual assault and eye-witness grand jury testimony is continuing today. He has already admitted to showering with young boys but claims not to have sexually abused them, so it will be interesting (and sad) to see what kind of defense his lawyers do end up using if not this “I was teaching them how to wash” nonsense.

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  • My boss who was caught and had molester 150 children in the 80’s in Kansas said the same thing. He was teaching them hygiene. Just another lie. He was seen kneeling in front of one little boy with the childs pants down. That was his excuse also.

  • Makes me wonder if the other guys involved and did not turn him in are involved also. They need to be investigated too.