BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer has said will probably begin in the coming weeks.
Sandusky is professing his innocence, says he is not a monster and says he didn't do the "alleged disgusting acts."
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (WXOW) -- Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced today and he's expected to speak at the hearing.
Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Monday, Sandusky released a recorded message to PSU's Com-Media radio station.
In it, Sandusky maintains his innocence and lists those he feels are responsible for his arrest and conviction.
"They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. In my heart I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts, my wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage - our love continues. The young man who is dramatic, the 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," says Sandusky in the recorded message.
Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola says he anticipates Sandusky will say he's innocent at Tuesday's hearing.
Some of Sandusky's victims are also expected to speak at the proceeding.
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