BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Judge John Cleland called the former Penn State football assistant
coach "dangerous," saying he betrayed children and abused their trust.
The 68-year-old won't be eligible for parole until he's served at least the minimum 30 years.
Three of the victims addressed the court this morning, fighting back
tears as they described their emotional wounds. One of victims says he
still has flashbacks of the sexual abuse the he was subjected to and
told the court that Sandusky had "harmed children" and he was one of
them. Another victim said Sandusky is in denial and should "stop coming
up with excuses."
A defiant Sandusky also spoke. In a rambling statement, he denied the
allegations, saying among other things that he had "forgiven" and "been
The lead prosecutor described Sandusky's statement as "a masterpiece" of self-delusion.
Sandusky plans to appeal his conviction.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer has said will probably begin in the coming weeks.
Sandusky is professing his innocence, says he is not a monster and says he didn't do the "alleged disgusting acts."
Stay with www.wkow.com throughout the day for updates on Sandusky's sentencing.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WKOW) -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has arrived at a central Pennsylvania courthouse for his sentencing on child sex abuse charges.
A smiling Sandusky, accompanied by sheriff's deputies, showed up Monday morning wearing a red prison jumpsuit, white sneakers and holding a manila envelope. His attorney and his wife, Dottie, also have arrived.
Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge. The 68-year-old Sandusky faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life.
Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities.
On Monday, Sandusky said he was innocent and vowed to keep fighting in a recorded statement broadcast by a student-run radio station at Penn State.
BELLEFONTE, PA (WKOW) -- Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced Tuesday and he's expected to speak at the hearing.
Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Monday, Sandusky released a recorded message to PSU's Com-Media radio station.
In it, Sandusky maintains his innocence and lists those he feels are responsible for his arrest and conviction.
"They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. 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. The young man who is dramatic, the 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," says Sandusky in the recorded message.
Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola says he anticipates Sandusky will say he's innocent at Tuesday's hearing.
Some of Sandusky's victims are also expected to speak at the proceeding.
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