Sandusky Sentenced To At Least 30 Years In Child Sex Abuse Case


UPDATED: Tuesday October 9, 2012 6:02 PM

Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

The sentence means Sandusky will be in prison at least until he is nearly 100 years old.
 
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
 
Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer has said will probably begin in the coming weeks.
 
Sandusky is professing his innocence, says he is not a monster and says he didn't do the "alleged disgusting acts."

Eight of the victims testified, describing a range of abuse that included grooming, fondling, oral sex and anal sex. Eight lawyers are currently representing 20 people who have sued or are potential civil claimants.

The 68-year-old Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.

Sandusky Monday night again said he's innocent and vowed to keep fighting in a recorded statement broadcast by a student-run radio station at Penn State.

The statement was aired Monday, a day before the former assistant football coach was scheduled to be sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
  
One of his lawyers says he would stake his life on the legitimacy of the statement.
  
In it, Sandusky says that in his heart, he knows he didn't do what he called "alleged disgusting acts." He says he is the victim of Penn State, investigators, civil attorneys, the media and others.
  
Mike Fliegelman, student general manager of Penn State Com Radio, says the statement was recorded at the county jail in Bellefonte.

Defense attorney Karl Rominger initially said he wasn't aware of the recording. Early Tuesday he confirmed to The Associated Press that it was authentic.

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