In Letters to Judge, Sanduskys Blame Victims

Couple describes abused boys as liars, ingrates

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2012 2:21 AM CDT | Updated Oct 11, 2012 6:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, blamed his victims for his sex abuse conviction in letters written to the judge before his sentencing earlier this week. Instead of expressing regret, the Sanduskys labeled the young men ingrates and liars in the letters, which have now been made public, CNN reports. Sandusky pointed out that the boys came from unstable homes. "Nobody mentioned the impact of abandonment, neglect, abuse, insecurity, and conflicting messages that the biological parents might have had in this," he wrote.

The couple, echoing a recording Sandusky made before sentencing, blamed his downfall on a vast conspiracy involving police and the media. In one letter, Dottie describes the couple's adopted son, Matt, who accuses Sandusky of molesting him, as a liar and a thief, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office describes Sandusky's behavior as "banal, self-delusional, completely untethered from reality. It was entirely-self-focused, as if he himself were the victim." Sandusky was sentenced to between 30 and 60 years in prison and Pennsylvania's public employee pension system says it is revoking his $59,000 annual pension, the AP reports.

Dottie Sandusky, the wife of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, arrives for the sentencing of her husband at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.
Dottie Sandusky, the wife of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, arrives for the sentencing of her husband at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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