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October 9th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

Sandusky claims innocence in statement ahead of sentencing – Susan Candiotti reports

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky may face up to life in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday morning for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

And while some of his victims and Sandusky himself are expected to address the judge during the proceedings, he pleaded his case in an audio statement that aired Monday in which he protests his innocence and says he is falsely accused.

"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," the former coach at Penn State says. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."

In his statement, Sandusky also accused the judge of bringing the case to trial too quickly, the victims of conspiring together and the attorneys of trying to make money in future civil suits. Members of his defense team have long maintained that they were denied sufficient time to prepare.

This morning on "Early Start," Susan Candiotti reports on Sandusky's statement, and has a response from one of the victims in the case. She also previews today's sentencing hearing.

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