Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in jail Tuesday, hours after issuing a statement from jail accusing prosecutors and his accusers of setting up a conspiracy against him,” WNBC-TV reports.
Sandusky was found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse committed against 10 boys over a 15-year period. Late Monday night, he declared his innocence to a campus radio station in a statement confirmed by a member of his defense team.
“In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts,” Sandusky told Penn State ComRadio. “My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues. A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won.”
An attorney for one of Sandusky’s accusers mocked his statements in an interview with CNN Tuesday morning.
“If you are to believe Mr. Sandusky, then we have the grand conspiracy, which his lawyers attempted to play out in the court, which involved 10 young men, a janitor, Mr. (Mike) McQueary, the press, the lawyers and everyone else who’s involved,” said Tom Kline, who represented the young man identified by the court as “Victim No. 5.”
In his statement, Sandusky said he didn’t have enough time to prepare an adequate defense against his accusers, and suggested he would appeal whatever sentence he received.
“We will continue to fight,” he said. “We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me. We must fight unfairness and consistency and dishonesty.”
According to CNN, McQueary, a former colleague of Sandusky’s who testified against him, has filed his own whistleblower suit against the university, saying he was fired for cooperating with authorities.
The case against Sandusky led to the resignation of longtime football coach Joe Paterno, as well as a $60 million fine against the university and sanctions against the football program.
CNN also reported that the university faces legal claims from at least 20 victims or other civil claimants, which it will attempt to settle out of court.
Watch video of Sandusky’s arrival for his sentencing, published Tuesday by KNSD-TV, below.