Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky Recants Allegations

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky must not be liking the prison meals he is being served because he released a defiant radio recording proclaiming his innocence and more. The three-minute statement, which aired on Penn State’s student-run radio station, also finds the accused child sex abuser blaming a “well-orchestrated” web of conspirators for his downfall. An excerpt of Sandusky’s comments can be read as follows below:

“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 as a result 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 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. 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. Our love continues.”

Sandusky will be sentenced Tuesday morning, following his June conviction of 45 counts of child sex abuse. The recording is the first time the world has heard Sandusky speak since he was led off in handcuffs from a crowded courthouse late that Friday night, June 22. He appeared stunned and uncomprehending of the verdict that had just been read against a man who had helped build Penn State’s vaunted football team.

The judge handed down a 30 to 60 year sentence to Jerry Sandusky meaning he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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