Jerry Sandusky didn’t take the stand during his child sex-abuse trial this summer, but Tuesday at his sentencing he will declare that he is innocent despite the 45 verdicts finding him guilty, his lawyer said Monday, as Sandusky made the same claim in a new audio recording.
“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,” Sandusky said on the recording first played Monday on a Penn State student radio station. “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.”
Sandusky, who made the recording in jail, pointed an accusing finger at his victims, claiming he was trying to help them through his charity only to see them join what he suggested was a conspiracy against him.
“A young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything,” Sandusky said. “He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige … will all be temporary. Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody.”
Jerry’s jaw-jackin’ has the victim’s lawyer a lil’ hot under the collar.
Sandusky’s denial of guilt drew an angry response from Thomas Kline, the attorney for one of his victims, who called the statement, “a lashing out on the eve on his sentencing.”
“There is no chance that Mr. Sandusky was innocent,” Kline said. “It is preposterous to suggest that 10 separate victims, their families, their parents, their lawyers, the prosecutors, and the press and everyone else conspired to somehow convict Mr. Sandusky.”
Jerry and the victims will be reading statements following a 9am hearing to determine whether or not Sandusky is a violent sexual predator. The ruling has no affect on his sentence, only whether or not he will have to register as sex offender if ever released.
He is facing anywhere from 10-400 years when the judge hands down this ruling.
Let’s hope there are no surprises.
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