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
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)
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(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.

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