Jerry Sandusky, former Penn St. coach convicted of child sex abuse, spoke, cried at sentencing in Bellefonte, Pa.

4:50 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WUSA) - Jerry Sandusky broke down in tears as he spoke in a Pennsylvania courtroom before learning his prison sentence.  Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky learned his fate in a packed Pennsylvania courtroom.

The 68-year-old former Penn State football coaching legend will spend the rest of his life in prison.

His sentence: at least 30 years and no more than 60. Tuesday, for the first time, we heard from Jerry Sandusky in court. He was angry, emotional and insisted that he has been the victim in all of this.

To a chorus of cameras shooting rapid-fire images, a handcuffed  Sandusky walked into the Centre County Courthouse, looking significantly thinner and more frail than at his last court appearance in June.

"His statement today was a masterpiece at banal, self-delusion...completely untethered from reality... and without any acceptance of responsibility," said prosecutor Joseph McGettigan.

With his wife, Dottie, and four of his children in the courtroom, Sandusky choked back tears, he delivered rambling, defiant, unrepentant testimony.

"I'm filled with emotion and determination," he said. "I didn't do these alleged disgusting acts."

Sandusky and his defense team promise an appeal, insistent they were not given sufficient time to prepare for the trial.

  "Today, it may be Jerry Sandusky's rights. Tomorrow, it may be your rights. Or it may be your rights. And you're gonna say, 'Wait a minute! I need more time to do this. I have a defense. I'm innocent,' " said defense attorney Joe Amendola.

Sandusky's disjointed words were no match for the gut-wrenching testimony of four of his ten victims.

"He took away my childhood the day he assaulted me... It will be inside me forever as an open wound," said one victim.

"You said you were 'the tickle monster' so you could touch my 11- year-old body and get me to think what you were doing was okay," testified another victim.

"He forced me to touch him. He called it 'horseplay' and only later did I understand this was sexual assault. I'm troubled by flashbacks of his naked body." said another victim.

One by one, they detailed the physical and emotional anguish inflicted by Sandusky and the betrayal of a father figure they'd come to trust.

Before handing down his sentence, Judge John Cleland addressed the victims directly. He assured them, "It is for your courage, and not for your assault, that you will be remembered."

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