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(CBS/AP) On Tuesday morning, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in federal prison after being convicted on 45 counts of child-sex abuse.
The Associated Press has put together a collage of quotes from this morning’s sentencing.
“In my heart I know I did not do these … disgusting acts.” — Jerry Sandusky, in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.
“I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory. Jerry has harmed children, of which I am one of them.” — Victim No. 5 in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.
“The tragedy of this crime is that it’s a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children. I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that.” — Judge John Cleland, to Sandusky, before sentencing him to at least 30 years in prison.
“His statement today was a masterpiece of banal self-delusion — entirely self-focused as if he himself were the victim. It was, in a word, ridiculous.” — Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan.
“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 and help them continue down the road to recovery.” — Penn State President Rodney Erickson.
“It was a smart sentence, a conservative sentence, but one that has the effect of keeping Sandusky behind bars for the rest of his life.” — Michael Boni, the lawyer for Victim No. 1, whose complaint in 2008 launched the state’s investigation into Sandusky.
“I am stunned that he is clinging to the conspiracy story. It is completely absurd to say that all of these victims, who did not know each other over a span of 15 years — as well as two eyewitnesses, police, a psychologist, school administrators — that all of these people magically came to this vortex of setting him up.” — Kristen Houser, vice president of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
“(Sex offenders) will basically convince themselves that what they’re doing is justified … that they’re simply responding to the overtures of someone. What they miss, though, is that they typically set the situation up.” — forensic psychologist Robert Wright, who runs a sex-offender treatment program in Tampa, Fla.
“These cases are difficult in the best of circumstances. It is to the credit of these investigators, along with the resilience of the victims, resulting in an airtight case, the conviction of 45 crimes — and now, today’s sentence. I want to especially commend the victims in the case, who had the courage to come forward and testify in open court, in spite of tremendous pressure and national publicity.” — Gov. Tom Corbett who was attorney general when the investigation began.
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