Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach whose repeated child sexual assault was ignored or covered up by multiple Penn State officials, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison today.
Last night, Sandusky released a bizarre, rambling statement recorded on tape from his jail cell. Penn State's ComRadio has the audio from the tape, plus a transcription. It's bizarre, and sickening — Sandusky continues to insist on his innocence, and claims his victims and the "orchestrated" a campaign against him:
My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues. A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. 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. Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened. Why, and who made it happen? Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn't come out of isolation. The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. 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. I never labeled or put down them or their families.
Today, Sandusky followed up his crazy jailhouse tape with another statement — by all accounts just as crazy and rambling — in the courtroom:
Sandusky is 68.