A train wreck of tragedy
Jerry Sandusky's list of victims is long and tragic. It includes the young men he damaged, his family, Penn State University, people who worked for and donated in good faith to the charity he founded to help children, and himself.
He, rather than anyone else, was the architect of his own demise. His rambling claims Monday and Tuesday in a media statement and in Bellefonte County Court that he was the victim of a conspiracy hatched by the victims of his child sexual abuse, psychologists, Penn State, criminal investigators, civil attorneys and the court system simply demonstrated the depth of his self-delusion. That self-delusion and transference of responsibility are characteristic of pedophiles, experts on the subject said after his sentencing.
Judge John Cleland, who earlier had designated Sandusky a violent sexual predator, put it succinctly: "The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children."
He then sentenced the 68-year-old former football coach to 30 years to 60 years in prison, noting that it probably ensures that Sandusky will die in prison.
The saga will continue. Sandusky's lawyers say they will appeal, primarily on the claim that they did not have enough time to prepare for his trial. And up to 20 of Sandusky's alleged victims have filed lawsuits against Penn State or have hired legal counsel. The key witness, former Penn State player and coach Mike McQuery, also has sued the university, claiming that he was not retained as a football coach because of his testimony in the case.
Given that long series of train wrecks caused by Sandusky, it is extraordinary that he still manages to cast himself as a victim of others, especially of his victims.