Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years
Sentence 'will never make me whole,' Victim No. 5 tells court
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2012 9:27 AM CDT
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for sentencing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.    (Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky remained defiant today, insisting that "I did not do these disgusting acts" as he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in the child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State to its foundation, reports CNN. Sandusky, who apparently arrived in court this morning wearing a smile, addressed the court in what USA Today calls a "sometimes rambling" statement, saying at one point, "This is the time when you find out who your friends are in the fourth quarter, those who stand by you."

Judge John Cleland called Sandusky's statement "unbelievable," telling the former coach he would be in prison "for the rest of your life," reports the Washington Post. He told Sandusky that the "ultimate tragedy of this case is that the very victims you abused had your trust, they trusted you. This crime is not only about crimes of the body, it is also about the assaults on their psyches and their souls." The court also heard victim impact statements from some of Sandusky's victims, with Victim No. 5 telling the court: "The sentence will never erase what he did to me. It will never make me whole." Victim No. 4 addressed Sandusky directly, saying, "You should be ashamed of yourself. I want you to know I will not forgive you."

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Oct 12, 2012 12:45 AM CDT
@newser-83548106:disqus, I hope to God that these people labeled as his victims have not lied; if so, they can expect a HUGE libel suit against them. If they have told the truth, I hope he gets jailhouse justice. Being there is no evidence to suggest they have lied, allow the justice to happen.
Oct 10, 2012 6:53 PM CDT
I still think of Joe Paterno. By all accounts of those that knew him or played for him, he was a man of character and integrity. The abuses took place by a FORMER coach no longer affiliated with the football program or under Paterno's charge when the abuses took place. McQueery tells Paterno, (who according to family, friends and associates), was not sure what McQueery was actually describing, but was "sexual in nature". The VERY next day, he tells his superiors, which included the boss of the police, and according to everyone, took an interest in how the investigation was proceeding and if there was a resolve. Granted, in today's world, one has to take this directly to the police, but Paterno was old school, (and in his 80's) ... you take it to your bosses and make sure they are taking care of it with proper authorities. Penn State has wanted to throw the net as wide as it can to "clean house", and one can not blame them. But the NCAA, taking action against a NON-FOOTBALL related crime, against a coach, who again, a wonderful man, who may not in today's world done everything right, but did nothing wrong, (no cover-up, no obfuscating, no lying), should be punished as he was. The Freeh report was all about opinion, with vague comments like "football culture", and "iconic coaches", simply is not fair. Success will always breed a following and a following over time becomes a "culture" .... usually a good thing ... tradition of success ... in football. But Freeh somehow crosses into the idea that this "culture" was the intentional making of Paterno, and consequently, that puts him de-facto ... in fault. Its not fair, but puts the NCAA in the realm of being politically correct, child abuse is nature's worse sin, and anyone remotely associated with the actual criminals ... have to be criminalized as well.
Oct 10, 2012 10:13 AM CDT
Jerry was all smiles until the Judge told him he wasn't being sent to Juvy.