posted on October 09, 2012 10:59
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is being sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child molestation. The 68-year-old was convicted in June on dozens of counts of child sexual assault for molesting ten boys over a 15-year period.
In a statement from jail that aired on Penn State's student-run radio station last night, Sandusky insisted he's an innocent man: "why didn't we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations?" he said.
The Sandusky scandal tarnished the reputation of Penn State's storied football program and led to the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno, who died soon afterwards. An investigation found that high ranking Penn State officials, including Paterno, attempted to cover up Sandusky's abuse rather than expose it.
Defense attorneys for Jerry Sandusky say while they are pleased with the 30 to 60 year prison sentence given to their client, they plan to appeal. Lead defense attorney Joe Amendola says there are issues about whether the defense team had adequate time to prepare for the former Penn State assistant football coach's trial.