Sandusky Sentenced, Proclaims Innocence and Blames Victims

We almost hate to give more blogspace to convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. But he’s about to be sentenced, and he’s used his last “public relations” opportunity to proclaim his innocence in what can only be called a wild-eyed conspiracy theory rant recorded in prison by his lawyer and later aired on Penn State radio.

Why did Sandusky’s lawyer (who now claims that his client was denied due process during a “rush to trial”) choose to record this statement? In it, the offender accuses “the media”, Penn State officials, and the local police of conspiring to destroy him. Yet, he says:

“…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.”

Beyond creepy. The worst part is the section in which Sandusky urges the public not to trust his accusers. Why? Because they were troubled kids who sought help—at his charity!

He says, “Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain.” (This “argument” seems to ignore the accusations made by his own adopted son.)

Shameless—and thanks to our legal system, the man had a chance to address the court and up to six of his offenders today with the same defiant nonsense.

UPDATE: While we were writing this post, our news ticker revealed that Sandusky has been sentenced to serve a term of “30 to 60 years” in prison. Justice has been served—unfortunately, University vice president Gary Schultz and the athletic director Tim Curley have yet to go to trial, and both have stated that they will plead not guilty. We would wish Penn State the best on its long, hard climb toward former glory, but that journey hasn’t even truly started yet.

@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.
Publish date: October 9, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT