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Jerry Sandusky has denied committing “disgusting acts” against young children and tried to play the victim. The prosecutor Joe McGettigan recognized the victims' bravery and rejected Sandusky's ponderings as "a masterpiece of banal self-delusion, completely untethered from reality and without any acceptance of responsibility."
Sandusky was given time to say his fair share and express his position. After that the judge handed down his sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday, thus the 68 year old will definitely spend the rest of his life behind bars for sexually abusing children. His acts had culminated in the ruin of his football coach, Joe Paterno and Penn State.
Sandusky denied the accusations, expressing that: "In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
He went on: "I've forgiven, I've been forgiven. I've comforted others, I've been comforted. I've been kissed by dogs, I've been bit by dogs. I've conformed, I've also been different. I've been me. I've been loved, I've been hated."
The embarrassment, shame and moral outrage stemming from his acts will leave a mark on the university and football coach.
"The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children," Judge John Cleland said after a hearing in which three of the men Sandusky was convicted of molesting as boys confronted him face to face and told of the lasting pain he had inflicted.
The judge reiterated that he anticipates Sandusky will spend the rest of his days and will most probably die in prison.
Meanwhile, Sandusky expressed the verbal abuse from fellow prisoners which he had to endure, and his pursuit in finding a purpose in his fate. His wife and other loved ones were present listening on.
"Hopefully we can get better as a result of our hardship and suffering, that somehow, some way, something good will come out of this," Sandusky reflected.
Hopefully Sandusky can admit to what he has done and the egregiously injurious suffering he has inflicted upon the children. With 45 counts of rape or fondling boys, the testimonies of the children are undeniable.
"I've been left with deep painful wounds that you caused and had been buried in the garden of my heart for many years," one victim expressed.
"I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory," said another.
As imagined, the lawyers representing the victims were happy with the outcome. Moreover, one of the lawyers stressed the need for healing.
Ben Andreozzi, an attorney for one the victims, commented that the university needs to take more pro-active initiative in order to further healing and bridge gaps of disconnect: "It's important they understand before we get into serious discussions about money, that there are other, noneconomic issues. We need apologies. We need changes in policy. This isn't just about money."
"I speak today with hope in my heart for a brighter day, not knowing if that day will come," Sandusky said. "Many moments have been spent looking for a purpose. Maybe it will help others, some vulnerable children who might have been abused, might not be, as a result of the publicity."
Penn State President Rodney Erickson commented in a statement saying that: "Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events."