Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was ordered Tuesday to spend at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing at-risk boys for more than a decade, a sentence likely to keep him behind bars until he dies.
Defiantly maintaining his innocence, the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator listened as several of his victims recounted their pain to the packed courtroom. Then, he told the court: "I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
Sandusky stood motionless in a red prison jumpsuit, his back to the courtroom audience and his wife, Dottie, while Judge John Cleland handed down the 30- to 60- year sentence. It would make him at least 98 years old before being eligible for parole.
"Your crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but your assault on their psyche and their souls," Cleland told him at the hearing in Centre County Court. "The tragedy of this story is it is a story of betrayal. Some of your victims had a genuine affection for you.
"It is precisely that ability to conceal those vices from yourself and everyone else that in my view makes you dangerous," he said.
Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years.