Jerry Sandusky releases chilling audio address, denies everything
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the sixth day of his child sex abuse trial in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania in this file photo taken June 19, 2012. Sandusky is expected to face life in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, a case that shocked college athletics and riveted national attention on the issue of child sexual abuse. (REUTERS)
On the eve of his sentencing for 45 counts of child sex abuse, Jerry Sandusky released a shocking eight-minute audio statement Monday, recorded in prison.
In it he denies everything. He takes shots at his accusers and their families, at the media, at Penn State University and others.
He also complained about an unfair rush to trial, and implied he would appeal on that basis.
"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster," Sandusky said, "but they can't take away my heart."
The former longtime Penn State football coach released the recording to PSU ComRadio, a student-run, web-based radio station at the university.
In responding to what he termed "the worst loss of my life," Sandusky completely denied all child sex-abuse charges levelled at him at his June trial, at which he was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse with up to 10 boys in Central Pennsylvania over a 15-year period.
Sandusky is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning in a Bethlehem, Pa., courthouse. His sentence could exceed 400 years.
Here is Sandusky's statement in its entirety:
"I'm responding to the worst loss of my life.
"First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn't we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What's the purpose?
"Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. That would be nice, but I'm not sure about it.
"I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart.
"In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. 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. 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. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened. Why, and who made it happen? Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn't come out of isolation.
"The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks.
"I never labeled or put down them or their families. I tried and I cared, then asked for the same. Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain.
"We will continue to fight. 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.
"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. We have given many second chances, and now we'll ask for one. It will take more than our effort.
"Justice will have to be more than just a word; fairness more than just a dream. It will take others: somebody apolitical with the courage to listen, to think about the unfairness, to have the guts to stand up and take the road less traveled.
"I ask for the strength to handle everything and willingness to surrender only to God, regardless of the outcome."
Should the PSU radio station have aired Sandusky's cry for help?