(CNN) -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is defending himself on camera and in print.
The man at the center of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal gave a lengthy interview with the New York Times.
In that interview, Sandusky not only repeats his denials of wrongdoing, he tells the paper-- youngsters in his Second Mile program quote: "might say I was a father figure."
A father figure who stands accused of 40 counts of raping and molesting young boys.
Sandusky admits that after he was banned from taking young people onto Penn State's main campus, following a 2002 allegation that he raped a boy in a locker room, he still had access.
Sandusky told the paper then Athletic Director Tim Curley never took away his keys.
"I still have my keys," Sandusky said. "And I still went in there and worked out."
According to the New York Times story, Sandusky stressed that he and legendary head football coach Joe Paterno never discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sandusky faces a preliminary hearing in a couple of weeks.
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