BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky wrote to the judge who presided over his child sex abuse case that there were many hands involved in the “orchestration of this conviction,” blaming law enforcement, Penn State and the eight young men who testified against him.
The letter from the former coach, and one from his wife, Dottie Sandusky, was written to Senior Judge John Cleland before the sentencing and were released Thursday by the judge.
Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to 30 to 60 years in a state prison for sexually abusing 10 boys, eight of whom testified about being abused.
The tone of the Jerry Sandusky’s letter, dated Sept. 27, was defiant — as he was when he addressed Cleland during his sentencing hearing — bewildered over his conviction. The letter made no attempt at an apology, and the blamed others for his situation.
He pointed the finger at the media, investigators, prosecutors, the court system, Penn State and the young men who testified against him. He said Penn State tried to protect its image and that prosecutors protected their jobs and their egos.
He wrote that he has spent lots of time in his jail cell “reliving this ordeal.”
“It was well done,” he wrote. “They won! When I thought about how it transpired, I wondered what they had won. I thought of the methods, decisions, and allegations. I relieved (sic) the inconsistent and dishonest testimonies.”
He insulted the victims, too, much the same as he did in court.
“They have been rewarded for forgetting, fabricating, and exaggerating,” he wrote. “Maybe, they will have a better place to live, a new car, access to more highs, but they won’t change. Most of their rewards will be very temporary.”
In her July 9 letter, Dottie Sandusky told the judge her home was a “fun house with lots of games, picnics, laughs and caring.”
“I never saw him doing anything inappropriate to any child. If I had, as a (m)other and (g)randmother I would have taken action,” she wrote. “Jerry is not the monster everyone is making him out to be.”
Dottie Sandusky told the judge she has “no faith in the police or legal system.”
She turned on her adopted son Matt Sandusky in the letter.
Matt Sandusky alleged to prosecutors during the trial that he was abused by his stepfather, which reportedly convinced the defense to not put Jerry Sandusky on the stand in his own defense. Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 counts.
“We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies,” she wrote. “We still love him and want the best for him, but because of his actions we cannot express this to him.”
The attorneys representing Matt Sandusky issued a statement today, saying their client is “extremely disappointed that Dottie and the Sanduskys have decided to smear his character in attempt to deflect attention from Jerry Sandusky’s heinous crimes.”
“Rather than supporting her son who made the gut-wrenching and courageous decision to come forward and tell the truth about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Jerry Sandusky, Dottie Sandusky has chosen to continue Jerry’s strategy of blaming and attacking the victims, thereby perpetuating the abuse,” the attorneys, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici, said.
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