Penn St. ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in child sex abuse case

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Judge John Cleland called the former Penn State football assistant coach "dangerous," saying he betrayed children and abused their trust.

The 68-year-old won't be eligible for parole until he's served at least the minimum 30 years.

Three of the victims addressed the court this morning, fighting back tears as they described their emotional wounds. One of victims says he still has flashbacks of the sexual abuse the he was subjected to and told the court that Sandusky had "harmed children" and he was one of them. Another victim said Sandusky is in denial and should "stop coming up with excuses."

A defiant Sandusky also spoke. In a rambling statement, he denied the allegations, saying among other things that he had "forgiven" and "been forgiven."

The lead prosecutor described Sandusky's statement as "a masterpiece" of self-delusion.

Sandusky plans to appeal his conviction.

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172-w-31-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Joe Amendola, defense attorney)--A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years for molesting boys. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (9 Oct 2012)

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176-w-34-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Joe McGettigan, lead prosecutor)--Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is getting life in prison for the molestation of ten boys. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (9 Oct 2012)

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181-w-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Ben Andreozzi, victim's attorney)--Jerry Sandusky's victims got a chance at sentencing to address the former Penn State football coach who molested them. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (9 Oct 2012)

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182-a-08-(Ben Andreozzi, (an-dree-AH'-zee), victim's attorney, with reporters)-"for his actions"-Victim's attorney Ben Andreozzi says his client got to confront Jerry Sandusky in court. (9 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *182 (10/09/12)>> 00:08 "for his actions"

183-a-10-(Ben Andreozzi (an-dree-AH'-zee), victim's attorney, with reporters)-"a dream world"-Attorney Ben Andreozzi says his client is still waiting for Jerry Sandusky to take some responsibility for what he did. (9 Oct 2012)

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184-a-10-(Tom Kline, victim's attorney, with reporters)-"what really happened"-Victim's attorney Tom Kline says his client is very glad he spoke at sentencing. (9 Oct 2012)

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174-a-12-(Joe Amendola, defense lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, with reporters)-"be your rights"-Defense lawyer Joe Amendola says the rush to wrap up the case limited the ability of the defense to counter the prosecution. (9 Oct 2012)

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173-a-05-(Joe Amendola, defense lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, with reporters)-"prove Jerry's innocence"-Defense lawyer Joe Amendola says the defense just wasn't given enough time to make its case. (9 Oct 2012)

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164-a-06-(Joe McGettican, lead prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky case, with reporters outside the courthouse after sentencing)-"and that's sufficient"-Lead prosecutor Joe McGettican says he's satisfied with the sentence. (9 Oct 2012)

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163-a-10-(Joe McGettican, lead prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky case, with reporters outside the courthouse after sentencing)-"him from society"-Lead prosecutor Joe McGettican says the sentence was appropriate. (9 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *163 (10/09/12)>> 00:10 "him from society"

166-a-18-(Joe McGettican, lead prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky case, with reporters outside the courthouse after sentencing)-"in short ridiculous"-Lead prosecutor Joe McGettican says he was stunned by Sandusky's statement in court. ((note length)) (9 Oct 2012)

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165-a-08-(Joe McGettican, lead prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky case, with reporters outside the courthouse after sentencing)-"to accept responsibility"-Lead prosecutor Joe McGettican says Sandusky refused to acknowledge reality. (9 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky, former Penn State University football defensive coordinator, arriving at Centre County Courthouse, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, with SANDUSKY SENTENCED lettering, finished graphic (9 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO PAMR112: Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (9 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO PAMR223: Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (9 Oct 2012)

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