Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was effectively handed a life sentence Tuesday for the sexual assault of 10 boys over a period of many years.
And while some may have thought this was finally the end to this whole sordid affair, it sadly was not.
Far from it actually.
Instead of finally admitting wrongdoing, Sandusky and his wife Dottie felt the need to pour more salt in the wounds of the victims by each of them writing a letter to Judge John Cleland. In the letters, the Sanduskys do nothing but blame the victims, news media, Penn State, police and the legal system for what they believe was a huge conspiracy to railroad Jerry Sandusky.
"The system protected the system, the media, the prosecution, the civil attorneys and the accusers. Everybody protected themselves," Jerry Sandusky wrote, according to CNN. "Penn State, with its own system, protected their public image.
"Media protected their jobs and ambitions. Prosecutors protected their jobs and egos. The accusers were protected and provided access to potential financial gain, free attorneys, accolades, psychologists and attention."
His wife's letter was no better. In fact, it could be considered much worse.
Dottie Sandusky chose to spend a significant portion of her letter blaming her adopted son Matt for telling investigators near the end of the trial that her husband had molested him.
"People need to know what kind of person he is," she wrote of her son, according to CNN. "We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family, thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies. He has been diagnose (sic) Bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine."
The amount of narcissism and sheer lack of compassion this takes is indescribable. The fact that they could even believe such a massive conspiracy is possible is absolutely preposterous.
Instead of taking responsibility for ruining the lives of these 10 boys, Jerry Sandusky chose to attack their motives, and paint himself as the victim.
It is our hope that the victims will find some closure with his sentencing.