Co-writer of Sandusky's book, 'Touched,' speaks out

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PITTSBURGH,None —

A graduate who helped Jerry Sandusky write his autobiography is speaking out after the former Penn State University assistant football coach was charged over the weekend.

Over the weekend, Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse that authorities said involved eight boys during a 10-year period.

Kip Richeal has known Sandusky for more than 30 years and is a former equipment manager for the PSU football team.

Richeal co-wrote Sandusky's autobiography, titled "Touched," which talked about Sandusky's involvement with The Second Mile program.

Richeal said he wants to support the former coach but is stunned by the sexual assault accusations.

“Disheartening ... because being such good friends, because you don't want to believe this stuff,” said Richeal.

Richeal said he got a phone call from Sandusky in March, apologizing for anything that he would read or hear about his friend.