STATE COLLEGE, Pa., (UPI) — Letters sent to the judge who sentenced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said the boys who accused him of sexual abuse were liars.
The letters, which weren’t read during Tuesday’s sentencing, were sent to Common Pleas Judge John Cleland by Sandusky and his wife, Dottie Sandusky. The letters depicted the boys Sandusky was convicted of assaulting sexually as ungrateful and liars, and themselves as victims of a conspiracy, CNN reported Thursday.
Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday. In letters to the judge who would sentence the former coach, the Sanduskys portrayed themselves as virtuous victims of a vast conspiracy. They blamed powerful, image-conscious forces at Penn State University, lying cops, ambitious prosecutors and a scandal-hungry news media.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced Tuesday to not less than 30 years, and not more than 60 years in prison. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexually assaulting boys.
In the letters, the ex-coach offered little sympathy for the 10 boys he was convicted of molesting, instead trying to shift the blame, noting that the boys came from unstable homes, CNN said.
“Nobody mentioned the impact of abandonment, neglect, abuse, insecurity and conflicting messages that the biological parents might have had in this,” he wrote.
As the prosecution’s case in chief neared its end, Matt Sandusky, who was 18 when the Sanduskys adopted him after he spent time with them in foster care, told investigators that the coach molested him as well.
He did not testify at trial. Jerry Sandusky, however, said his adopted son’s abandonment and potentially damaging testimony prevented him from testifying on his own behalf, CNN reported.
Dottie Sandusky lashed out at her adopted son, writing, “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. He has been [diagnosed] bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine.”
She also said she no longer has belief in the police or the legal system.
“To think that they can lie and get by with the lies,” she wrote. “The press has been unbelievable. People who have not met us are writing untruths.”