Sandusky released an eight-minute recorded statement the night before he was sentenced in which he denied all of the sexual abuse charges. He criticized several people in the audio tape, including Penn State, the media, those who testified against him and their families, and others. The statement more or less claimed that everybody conspired against him with fabricated evidence and that he was innocent.
In the statement, he also said the trial was rushed and that he would be appealing his sentence based on that fact. He went on to say that society may call and treat him as some type of monster, but nobody can take away his heart. He claimed that he knows in his heart that he didn’t commit any of the disgusting crimes and that the only sexual partner he’s had since he was married has been his wife.
Many legal experts were shocked that Sandusky released an audio statement before being sentenced since it could have provoked the judge into giving him a longer sentence. They feel Sandusky tried to tell the world that he in fact was the victim and hadn’t done anything wrong. Sandusky was considered to be a local hero until his arrest last November due to his success as a football coach and the volunteer work he performed for troubled youths. He founded a charity called The Second Mile in 1977 and retired from coaching in 1999 to spend more time with the charity.
The prosecution alleged that Sandusky basically found his victims through the charity and preyed upon them. In addition, an independent investigation performed by a former member of the FBI, stated that university officials and Paterno knew about an incident that took place at the school in 1998 when a janitor saw Sandusky sexually abusing somebody in the locker room. However, Paterno and three Penn State leaders told a grand jury that they didn’t know anything about the alleged incident.
Sandusky was also spotted by an assistant coach sexually abusing a boy in the locker room showers in 2001, but police were never informed of the incidents as Paterno convinced school officials to keep silent. Paterno was fired last November just after the allegations were made public and he died of lung cancer two months later. The NCAA then punished Penn State’s football program by banning the team from the playoffs for four years and wiping out the team’s wins between 19988 and 2011. Scholarships and player movement were also affected.
When the NCAA revoked the team’s victories from the record book, it meant that Paterno lost his standing of being college football’s winningest coach.