BELLEFONTE, Pa. (KDKA) – People started gathering at the courthouse early Tuesday morning, hoping to get a seat for today’s sentencing.
However, many were upset with what Jerry Sandusky had to say in court.
Sandusky spoke for about five minutes, but several of his victims took the stand ahead of him.
They gave emotional accounts of how their lives have changed because of the abuse committed by Sandusky.
Victim No. 1’s statement:
“There are no words to describe the pain and misery Jerry Sandusky has inflicted on my life. There are thoughts I didn’t want to think. I have been looking over my shoulder for a long time. There is no remorse in Jerry Sandusky, only evil.”
Victim No. 4’s statement:
“Rather than take accountability for your actions, you attacked us as though we did something wrong. I will never forgive you. I was in a troubled situation and you made it worse.”
Victim No. 5’s statement:
“He forcibly had me touch him. I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body. I am tormented by nightmares and guilt. I will never erase the filthy images, but he must pay for his crimes. He took away my childhood the day he assaulted me. He should be sentenced accordingly.”
Victim No. 6’s statement:
“My personality changed for the worst. That night you called yourself the tickle monster so you could touch my 11-year-old body, has damaged me for life. The Bible says if we confess our sins he will forgive us. You are trying to speak forth your innocence. You are only fooling yourself. You won’t be able to receive forgiveness.”
KDKA-TV’s Trina Orlando spoke with some of those who were able to witness the sentencing inside the courtroom.
Many said they were moved by the victim’s statements and commended them for being able to get up and speak.
However, some were also angered by Sandusky’s comments and demeanor.
“He was sitting there smirking. It was obvious that he had no remorse through the whole thing and it was just a big show for him. I don’t think he was sincerely there,” Danielle Riglin said.
“I think justice was served, but I find myself angry at his words,” Joe Torrell said.
Two of his neighbors and several members of the jury were also in attendance for the sentencing.
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