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Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:01 am •  Published: October 10, 2012
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Quotes on the day Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child sexual abuse:

"In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts." — Jerry Sandusky, in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.

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"I've wiped away a first tear and I've seen lives end. I've forgiven, I've been forgiven. I've comforted others, I've been comforted. I've been kissed by dogs, I've been bit by dogs. ... I've been a fighter. I've conformed. I've also been different. I've been me. I've been loved, I've been hated. I've lived long enough to cherish many memories. And I have a card in my room with the word 'Hope' on it. I cling to that card." — Sandusky during his remarks during the hearing.

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"I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory. Jerry has harmed children, of which I am one of them." — Victim No. 5 in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.

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"The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children. I'm not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that." — Judge John Cleland, to Sandusky, before sentencing him to at least 30 years in prison.

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"His statement today was a masterpiece of banal self-delusion — entirely self-focused as if he himself were the victim. It was, in a word, ridiculous." — Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan.

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"I don't have any comment." — Sandusky's wife, Dottie, to an Associated Press reporter after the hearing.

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"Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery." — Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

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"It was a smart sentence, a conservative sentence, but one that has the effect of keeping Sandusky behind bars for the rest of his life." — Michael Boni, the lawyer for Victim No. 1, whose complaint in 2008 launched the state's investigation into Sandusky.

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