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Jerry Sandusky Sentenced: Prosecutor says former Penn State football coach ran "a victim factory"

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (left) arrives for sentencing on child sex abuse charges at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., on Oct. 9, 2012 AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left, arrives for sentencing on child sex abuse charges at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
(CBS/AP) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Before a judge sentenced Jerry Sandusky  to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing boys, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan told the court that the former assistant coach created "a victim factory."

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On the eve of his sentencing, Sandusky, 68, released a statement proclaiming his innocence and vowing to continue to fight the charges against him.

CBS News's Paula Reid reports that McGettigan chastised Sandusky for the statement, saying, "his statement is an insults to the true victims. It is an insult to the court and the jury."

He went on to say that Sandusky's prestigious position within the Penn State community was "a cloak" for his "real life for rampant degradation of children." He accused Sandusky of running a "victim factory," saying "He inserted himself into the lives of children. It was cruel beyond imagining."

The man known as "Victim 6" wept as he spoke at the hearing, telling Sandusky, "That night you told me you were the tickle monster so you could touch my 11-year old body and get me to think that what you were doing was ok. I have been left with deep painful wounds."

The man known as "Victim 4," also spoke, saying "I don't forgive you. I grew up in a bad situation and you made it worse. My only regret is that I did not come forward and tell others what happened. '"I hope others that were abused after me will forgive me for not coming forward sooner."

Another man, known as "Victim 5," stated that to to this day, he is "troubled with flashbacks of [Sandusky's] naked body."

At Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Sandusky was designated a "sexually violent" predator. He spoke for about 15 minutes, his voice cracking at times, before Judge John Cleland pronounced sentence, claiming he is the victim of a conspiracy  involving Penn State, the media, investigators and civil attorneys.


Complete coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial on CBSNews.com

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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