Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse, has been sentenced this morning in a Pennsylvania court room.
Jerry Sandusky’s case has proven a massive taint on the legacy of both Penn State as well as its once-revered coach Joe Paterno, who died earlier this year before seeing Sandusky sentenced.
In a jailhouse statement on the eve of his sentencing, Jerry Sandusky loudly proclaimed his innocence, claiming a large collusion between the media and the victims in the case steamrolled him and the football program.
In part, Sandusky said:
“A young man who is dramatic and a veteran accuser and always sought attention started everything … He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers.”
Before his sentencing, Sandusky continued:
“They’ve won … I’ve wondered what they’ve really won. Attention, financial gain, prestige will all be temporary.”
Sandusky also denied the accusations of all the cases victims, saying that he is innocent of all the acts of which he has been accused in the massive sexual abuse case:
“In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged, disgusting acts … My wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage. Our love continues.”
Jerry Sandusky appeared Tuesday morning before Common Pleas Court Judge John Cleland, clad in a prison red jumpsuit. At his sentencing, Sandusky received 30 to 60 years behind bars for his crimes — which at his age, 68, is likely to be a life sentence.