STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBSNewYork) — He was found guilty of heinous crimes against 10 young boys, but Jerry Sandusky is now making accusations of his own.
The former Penn State assistant football coach is set to be sentenced on Tuesday, but spoke out from prison Monday, claiming to be a victim of a conspiracy, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.
“Over and over, I asked ‘Why?’ Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations?'” Sandusky told PSU ComRadio.
Defiant, accusatory and unapologetic, Sandusky claimed he did not abuse boys and was being wrongly sent to prison.
“What’s the purpose? Maybe it will help others — some vulnerable children who could be abused — might not be because of all the publicity,” Sandusky said.
The 68-year-old Sandusky not only blames the media for his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, he also blames the initial whistle-blower — assistant football coach Mike McQueary. He originally reported he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a Penn State locker room shower.
Sandusky said McQueary wanted fame and fortune.
“A young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort…They won,” Sandusky said.
Still, Sandusky vowed to appeal his June conviction for abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years, including some attacks at his home, and at Penn State. He said he is the victim of a conspiracy.
“Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn’t come out of isolation. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks,” Sandusky said.
In the end, Sandusky maintains he has only ever had sex with his wife of 46 years, Dottie, and said he will continue to fight the charges against him.
“They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could 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,” Sandusky said.
As many as half-dozen victims are expected to be heard at Sandusky’s sentencing on Tuesday. He’s facing a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 30 years, which would put him behind bars until he’s nearly 100.
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