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Jerry Sandusky proclaims innocence on eve of sentencing

October 09, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

In the three-minute monologue aired Monday night by Penn State Com Radio, the former Nittany Lions assistant football coach said he knows that he did not do "these alleged disgusting acts."

“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,” he said. “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.”

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Sandusky goes on to blame the whole thing on one of his accusers.

"A young man who is 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. It will all be temporary.

“We must fight unfairness, inconsistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are. We've not been complainers. When we couldn't have kids, we adopted. When we didn't have time to prepare for a trial, we still gave it our best. We will fight for another chance.”

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Sandusky, 68, and some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing Tuesday. He faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola said he did not expect any others to speak on Sandusky's behalf, although friends and family members — including his wife, Dottie — have written letters of support.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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