Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for molesting 10 boys. Sandusky was charged earlier this year with 45 counts of child abuse that reportedly took place over the course of 15 years in the State College, Pa. area.
Before receiving his sentence on Tuesday morning, Sandusky released an audio statement that first aired on Penn State University's ComRadio Monday afternoon, in which he professed his innocence and said he is falsely accused.
"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," the former Penn State coach said in the audio statement. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
"We will continue to fight," he added. "We didn't lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me."
In his statement, Sandusky also accused the judge of bringing the case to trial too quickly, the victims of conspiring together and the attorneys of trying to make money in future civil suits. Members of his defense team have long maintained that they were denied sufficient time to prepare.
Tom Kline, an attorney for the person identified in court as Victim No. 5, appeared on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Monday night, where he called Sandusky's words "preposterous.”
"If you are to believe Mr. Sandusky, then we have the grand conspiracy, which his lawyers attempted to play out in the court, which involved 10 young men, a janitor, Mr. (Mike) McQueary, the press, the lawyers and everyone else who's involved," Kline told Burnett.
"The fact of the matter is that there was no collusion whatsoever. My client came forward only after there was a knock on the door by the police, which led him to a grand jury room. He had never spoken to anyone. He told his story."
McQueary, a former Penn State assistant football coach, testified that he saw Sandusky in a shower with an underage boy.
Sandusky's sentencing comes nearly one year after the Penn State scandal erupted, leading to the firing of iconic head football coach Joe Paterno and the ousting of the university's longtime president.