Jerry Sandusky was sentenced on Tuesday, and things went as expected.

Yes, the 68-year-old former assistant Penn State football coach will spend the rest of his life in prison for molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky learned his fate during a sentencing hearing in Centre County, where a judge ordered he spend a minimum of 30 years in prison for his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

And not surprisingly, the man who preyed on troubled youth who sought help through his Second Mile charity accepted no responsibility for his actions.

He was innocent, he claimed in a jailhouse recording aired Monday night by Penn State Com Radio, caught up in a "well-orchestrated" conspiracy involving his victims, the prosecutors and the media.

This despite a mountain of evidence, including graphic testimony from the victims (even his own adopted son was prepared to take the stand) and an eyewitness who reported seeing Sandusky raping a young boy in a locker room shower.

Strong feelings about the case remain.

Some still argue about whether legendary head football Coach Joe Paterno did enough to stop Sandusky or if he was made a scapegoat by the board of trustees, a move that hastened his death.

And the debate over devastating NCAA sanctions against the football program as a result of the scandal continues to rage and probably will for years to come.

But no one is seeking "Justice for Jerry."

Sandusky is a monster; most can agree on that.


He put these boys, some now young men, through hell and did it again when he forced them to relive his crimes during last summer's trial.

"You had the chance to plead guilty and spare us the testimony," one victim told him during Tuesday's sentencing hearing. "Rather than take the accountability, you decided to try to attack us as if we had done something wrong."

Should we have expected him to finally give them closure this week?

When it was his turn to speak, Sandusky didn't issue an apology, but rather a rambling, self-serving monologue about how he hoped to be "a little candle for others as my life goes on ..."


This man destroyed so much, and not just the lives of his victims.

The Second Mile charity is no more, Penn State's reputation is shredded and the football program is a shell.

Yet we're supposed to feel sorry for him.

Hopefully, with a little help, the young men Sandusky molested will find some closure elsewhere.

In time, the university may emerge from the scandal better because of it.

Already, the football team Sandusky ruined is showing signs of a new life.

The delusional former coach, on the other hand, it seems will never change.