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Jerry Sandusky claims innocence on eve of sentencing hearing

Jerry Sandusky proclaimed innocence in an audio statement released Monday night. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June, released an audio statement proclaiming his innocence on the eve of his sentencing hearing.

In the statement, which was provided to Penn State's ComRadio and has been confirmed by multiple outlets, including Yahoo, Sandusky says he did not have a "fair opportunity to prepare for trial" and asks listeners to "think about the unfairness" inflicted upon him.

Here's an excerpt of Sandusky's statement, via Pennsylvania's CBS 21:

"Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What’s the purpose? Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. [...]

In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues.

A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. 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. Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody. [...]

We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me. [...]

It will take others: somebody apolitical with the courage to listen, to think about the unfairness, to have the guts to stand up and take the road less traveled. I ask for the strength to handle everything and willingness to surrender only to God, regardless of the outcome."

Sandusky is set to be sentenced at a Tuesday hearing, where he is expected to again declare his innocence. Because of the extensive number of severity of the convictions, it's likely that Sandusky will be sentenced to life in prison. One of his defense lawyers told The Associated Press on Monday that the best the defense could hope for would likely be a minimum of 30 years.
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