Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims are expected to speak when he is sentenced this morning after his conviction in Juneon child sexual abuse charges, but Sandusky gave a hint of what he might say in an audio recording released Monday night.
As he has since his arrest last November, Sandusky maintained his innocence in the recording released to PSUradio.com. Sandusky recorded the nearly three-minute statement in county jail, where he has been held since his conviction.
“I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart,” Sandusky said (via PennLive’s transcript). “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. Our love continues.”
In the recording, which can be heard here and was authenticated by one of Sandusky’s lawyers, Sandusky alleges in a steady monotone that he is the victim of a conspiracy.
“A young man who is dramatic, a veteran accuser, and always sought attention started everything,” Sandusky said. “He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige will all be temporary.”
Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, said he does not expect others to speak on Sandusky’s behalf, although friends and family — including Sandusky’s wife, Dottie — have written letters of support. The sentencing triggers the appeal process and, in his recording, Sandusky said he would try to clear his name.
“We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me,” Sandusky said. “We must fight unfairness, inconsistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are. We’ve not been complainers. When we couldn’t have kids, we adopted. When we didn’t have time to prepare for a trial, we still gave it our best. We will fight for another chance. We have given many second chances, and now we’ll ask for one. It will take more than our effort.”
The Post’s Jenna Johnson will be covering the hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.
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