POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 10:11am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Wearing handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit, Jerry Sandusky entered Pennsylvania's Centre County Courthouse through a back door for his sentencing Tuesday morning.
In an 11th hour statement that aired on Penn State Radio, the school's former hometown hero and now convicted sex offender broke months of silence.
"They could 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," Sandusky said.
The former Penn State assistant football coach offered no apologies, only a vow to fight whatever sentence he receives.
In June Sandusky was convicted of abusing ten boys connected to his charity for underprivileged youths over 15 years.
Of them he said this: "A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. We must fight unfairness and consistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are."
Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola has said he regrets not letting his client speak up sooner.
"Looking back there were a lot of things we would have done," Amendola told reporters.
Sandusky never testified during the trial, but he will speak in today's sentencing.
Prosecutors say six of the victims who gave graphic testimony about the abuse they suffered will also speak.
Sandusky could face anywhere from 60 to more than 400 years in prison.
He could also be declared a sexually violent predator, which would have ramifications if he ever was released from prison.