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Sandusky sentenced in child sex abuse case

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Penn St. ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for child sex abuse. 

The sentence means the 68-year-old will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.

A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.

Three victims spoke, often fighting back tears. One looked Sandusky in the eyes at times during his statement.

A judge in Bellefonte, Pa., had some leeway in sentencing Sandusky Tuesday on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was found guilty in June of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Witnesses said Sandusky used the charitable organization he founded for troubled children as his personal hunting ground to find and groom boys to become his victims.

By law, the minimum sentences for those 45 counts add up to 220 years; the maximum sentences add up to 440 years.

But the lowest sentence Sandusky could have received was 10 years, had Judge John Cleland decided to give him minimum sentences that run concurrently on each count.

Eight of the boys he was found guilty of molesting testified at his trial, describing a range of abuse that included fondling, oral sex and anal intercourse. One of the prosecution's star witnesses, former graduate assistant Mike McQueary, testified that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in a locker room shower.

 Sandusky has consistently maintained his innocence and plans to appeal.

Sandusky wore a red jumpsuit and carried a yellow folder as he walked into the courthouse. He appeared thinner.

In a recorded statement broadcast by a student-run radio station at Penn State which was aired Monday, Sandusky says that in his heart, he knows he didn't do what he calls "these alleged disgusting acts." He says he's the victim of Penn State, investigators, civil attorneys, the media and others.

Mike Fliegelman, student general manager of Penn State Com Radio, says the statement was recorded at the county jail in Bellefonte.

Defense attorney Karl Rominger initially said he wasn't aware of the recording. Early Tuesday he confirmed to The Associated Press that it was authentic.

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