Jerry Sandusky unloads on accusers
On the eve of the sentencing of convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, a Penn State radio station on Monday released a statement read by Sandusky from prison during which he proclaims his innocence and spreads blame for his June 22 conviction.
"I’m responding to the worst loss of my life,” the statement began (listen to the statement here). “First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What’s the purpose?”
Then Sandusky, scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning, took aim and opened fire.
“In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues. A young man who was dramatic 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. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige… will all be temporary.”
Sandusky, who faces a maximum sentence of 442 years in prison, then vowed in his statement to fight the charges after his sentence is handed down.
“We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me. We must fight unfairness and consistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are.”
The former coach, 68, was convicted on 45 of 48 counts relating to the molestation of 10 boys — many of the incidents alleged to have taken place while he was serving as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and on football grounds, including team showers. The scandal, which first came to light in when Sandusky was indicted November of last year and included an alleged cover-up by school officials, ultimately led to the November firing of Paterno (who later died of cancer in January), the resignation of school president Graham Spanier and heavy sanctions being levied on the Penn State football program.
Among the sanctions handed down by the NCAA in July were five years of probation, a four-year postseason ban, the vacating of wins from 1998-2011, a $60 million fine and a loss of scholarships.
Other Penn State administrators still face criminal charges, including suspended athletic director Tim Curley and former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, who are accused of lying to a grand jury about their knowledge of an alleged incident between Sandusky and a boy in the football showers in 2001.