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October 9, 2012

UPDATE | Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

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BELLEFONTE —

He also blamed his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse on “speculation and stories.”

“We must fight unfairness, inconsistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are,” Sandusky said. “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.”

Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola said he did not expect any others to speak on Sandusky’s behalf, although friends and family members – including his wife, Dottie – have written letters of support. Dottie Sandusky plans to attend the hearing, he said.

Tom Kline, lawyer for a young man who said Sandusky groped him in a shower when he was 12 or 13, said his client plans to read a statement Tuesday.

“He’s going to tell the judge how this has affected him, how it’s been painful and difficult,” Kline said.

Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan said as many as a half-dozen victims are expected to be heard.

The eight victims who testified against Sandusky at trial described abuse that ranged from grooming and fondling to oral and anal sex. Sandusky did not take the stand but gave interviews shortly after his arrest in which he declared he was not guilty.

Defense attorney Karl Rominger at first said he was unaware of the recording, then called The Associated Press back early Tuesday to confirm its authenticity.

Mike Fliegelman, student general manager of the radio station, said the statement was recorded inside the county jail in Bellefonte, but he referred further questions to the station’s faculty general manager, who did not return phone messages late Monday.

 

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