Quotes from Sandusky sentencing, Penn State, more
Quotes on the day Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years
in prison for child sexual abuse:
”In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.” –
Jerry Sandusky, in remarks to the court during the sentencing
”I’ve wiped away a first tear and I’ve seen lives end. 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 been a fighter. I’ve conformed. I’ve also been different. I’ve
been me. I’ve been loved, I’ve been hated. I’ve lived long enough
to cherish many memories. And I have a card in my room with the
word `Hope’ on it. I cling to that card.” – Sandusky during his
remarks during the 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.
”I don’t have any comment.” – Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, to an
Associated Press reporter after the hearing.
”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
”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
”I just wanted a childhood like everyone else. … I’ve been
looking over my shoulder for a long time. Jerry Sandusky is the
worst kind of pedophile.” – Victim No. 1, in a statement read by
McGettigan at the hearing.
”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,
”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
”While it is true that Jerry Sandusky will not be hurting any
more children, there will be others to take his place. That is why
we must redouble our efforts to stop predators and protect victims.
That is the lesson we must take away from the Sandusky case, if we
want some good to come of it. Whoever you are, whatever your
station in life – please have the courage and the decency to do the
right thing if you suspect that a child is being abused.” –
Attorney General Linda Kelly