Right to the end, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was abusing his victims.
Before he was sentenced to a prison term of 30 to 60 years, Sandusky prepared a three-minute, recorded statement in which he maligned one young man as a "veteran accuser" who "always sought attention" and suggested the other nine victims were motivated by quests for the limelight, money and "prestige." The diatribe went on to blame "the media, investigators, the system, Penn State psychologists, civil attorneys" for the case in which a jury convicted Sandusky of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
It was more of the same self-aggrandizement that characterized Sandusky's defense. The recorded statement, released Monday on a Penn State student radio station, and a 15-minute version uttered in court on Tuesday morning, had no impact on the sentence Senior Judge John M. Cleland imposed, a sentence that he told the 68-year-old Sandusky "has the unmistakable effect of saying you will spend the rest of your life in prison."
That is justice, but it was tempered by the fact that Sandusky denied his victims the satisfaction of hearing him take responsibility for assaulting and forever damaging them, young men who had relied on him when they were troubled. Sandusky should have had the decency to apologize for violating their trust and their bodies, but there was nothing decent about his case from the beginning.
At least Sandusky's victims and the public know he won't be able to harm another child, and it's unlikely he'll ever enjoy another day of freedom.