Sandusky speaks from jail, insists he's innocent

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  • Sentencing today for convicted child sex abuser
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Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse in June.

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

Dottie Sandusky: I'm standing by my man!

Dottie Sandusky: I'm standing by my man!

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sex abuse in June, said in an audio recording released Monday that he "did not do these alleged disgusting acts."

HLN has confirmed the voice on the recording is that of Sandusky.

Sandusky was convicted for molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky met his victims through The Second Mile, his charity for underprivileged children.

In the audio clip, Sandusky asked why so many people "suffered as a result of false allegations."

"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," Sandusky said on the audio.

READ MORE: Is Sandusky a 'sexually violent predator?'

Also in the recording, Sandusky asserted his innocence in the audio clip and blamed a number of people for his conviction.

"A young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser and always sought attention, started everything," Sandusky said on the audio recording. "He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I've wondered what they really won. Attention, financial gain, prestige will all be temporary."

The audio clip comes a day before Sandusky's sentencing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Joe Amendola, Sandusky's attorney, said earlier Monday that the former Penn State University assistant football coach would declare his innocence at his sentencing.

The 68-year-old could spend the rest of his life in prison because of his age and the potential sentences for his conviction.

Judge John Cleland will have a lot of discretion when it comes to sentencing the former Penn State defensive coordinator. Cleland can consider many factors, including the state minimums and maximums, witness statements and Sandusky’s own statements.

Amendola also said Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, will attend Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. Some of his children may be there, too.

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