UPDATE: Penn St. ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in child sex abuse case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Judge John Cleland called the former Penn State football assistant coach "dangerous," saying he betrayed children and abused their trust.

The 68-year-old won't be eligible for parole until he's served at least the minimum 30 years.

Three of the victims addressed the court this morning, fighting back tears as they described their emotional wounds. One of victims says he still has flashbacks of the sexual abuse the he was subjected to and told the court that Sandusky had "harmed children" and he was one of them. Another victim said Sandusky is in denial and should "stop coming up with excuses."

A defiant Sandusky also spoke. In a rambling statement, he denied the allegations, saying among other things that he had "forgiven" and "been forgiven."

The lead prosecutor described Sandusky's statement as "a masterpiece" of self-delusion.

Sandusky plans to appeal his conviction.

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