(Lafayette) Journal and Courier
When Jerry Sandusky, disgraced Penn State assistant football coach and convicted serial child molester, finally spoke in court, it wasn’t to say he was sorry.
Certainly not to the 10 boys he was accused of sexually abusing, after finding them through his charitable foundation and then luring them promises of access to Penn State football. Not to the university whose reputation he helped stain. And not to a Pennsylvania community left reeling.
Instead, on a day when a judge ordered him to serve a prison sentence of no fewer than 30 years, the 68-year-old former coach rambled.
“In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts,” he said, after skipping his chance to testify during his trial. “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 conformed, I’ve also been different. I’ve been me. I’ve been loved, I’ve been hated.”
In his heart, he’s innocent. In his deeds ... that’s another matter.
His attorney said last week that Sandusky plans to appeal. Maybe at that trial, Sandusky will find it in himself to apologize. But we doubt it.
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