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

hearing.

”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

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 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,

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.

”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