Convicted pederast Jerry Sandusky is going away for a long, long time. Hours after he released an odd audio statement proclaiming his innocence, the former coach at Penn State was sentenced today to 30 to 60 years in prison.
Since details of Sandusky's serial child abuse, which he used his youth charity The Second Mile to facilitiate, were released Penn State has been in turmoil with riots, the death of beloved coach Joe Paterno (and the removal of his statue) and serious punishments from the NCAA (which one alum compared to 9/11).
Yesterday Sandusky, 68, sent out an audio statement insisting on his innocence: "They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," he said. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
"We will continue to fight," he went on. "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."
Just in time for the sentencing, one of Sandusky's many victims has a new book coming out later this month and is expected to do a media blitz starting on October 23.