(NEW YORK) -- Alleged child abuser Jerry Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with kids -- but not sexual assaulting them -- in a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC News' Rock Center Monday night.
The former Penn State football coach is accused of sexually abusing at least eight boys over a period dating back to 1994. Sandusky, who is currently free on $100,000 bond, faces 40 counts of sexual abuse in connection with the allegations.
"I could say that 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 legs without intent of sexual contact," Sandusky told Costas in Monday's interview.
In the interview, during which Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola sat next to Costas, the embattled former coach admitted to having a fondness for children but denied that he is a pedophile.
“I enjoy being around children," Sandusky said. "I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them."
Hours before Sandusky's interview with Costas, Amendola told CNN his client is innocent and described him as a "big overgrown kid."
The allegations have culminated into the firing of longtime football coach Joe Paterno, Penn State president Graham Spanier, and a grand jury investigation into an alleged coverup involving high-ranking officials from the university.
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