Former Pennsylvania State American football college coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child sex abuse.
Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 out of 48 charges brought against him, which detailed his molestation of 10 boys he met over 15 years.
Details in the court case revealed the abuse changed the public perception of Sandusky, who had been hailed for his work with the Second Mile charity for troubled children.
“Your crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but your assault on their psyche and their souls,” Judge John Cleland said at the hearing in Centre County Court.
“The tragedy of this story is it is a story of betrayal. Some of your victims had a genuine affection for you.
“It is precisely that ability to conceal those vices from yourself and everyone else that in my view makes you dangerous.”
Sandusky, once regarded as an icon in his home state of Pennsylvania, has always denied the charges.
He released a taped statement on Penn State’s student radio station on Monday in which he denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had been a victim of a witch hunt.
“I didn’t do these alleged disgusting acts,” he said.
Sandusky is expected to appeal, though should that fail he is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.