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Sandusky maintains innocence, distraught over Penn State sanctions

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Attorney Joe Amendola spoke publicly for the first time since Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse on June 22 and said the former Penn State coach was "distraught" over news of the NCAA's sanctions against the football program.

"He's extremely distraught about what's happened at Penn State," Amendola said Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse, according to the Centre Daily Times. "He never, never dreamed that anything he was accused of doing would have this type of impact on Penn State -- not only athletics, but the university as a whole."

Sandusky maintains he is innocent of charges, Amendola said, but is scheduled to be sentenced in September. No date has been set. Sandusky has received informational updates from Amendola, who has filed an appeal formally.

While awaiting his next appearance, Sandusky will remain at Centre County Correctional Facility and is writing his version of the events about which eight victims testified during his June trial. He will make a statement at sentencing, according to Amendola.

"He's hopeful that he'll get a new trial on appeal," Amendola said, adding that Sandusky is generally in "good spirits."
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