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Sandusky Defiant: I'm Innocent!

Lawyer who visited him on Monday says Jerry Sandusky wants "people to know that he's not guilty"

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    NBC10's Dawn Timmeney sat down with attorney Tom Kline who represented Victim No. 5 in the Sandusky Trial. She asked Kline if he thinks Jerry Sandusky has a chance at winning an appeal.

    A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says the retired Penn State assistant football coach wants "people to know that he's not guilty.''

    Sandusky was convicted Friday of 45 counts for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

    Karl Rominger, who represents Sandusky along with Joe Amendola, says he visited the 68-year-old convict at the Centre County jail Monday.

    Rominger says Sandusky's mood is defiant.

    He says Sandusky is being kept away from other inmates and has not been able to see his family pending a psychological evaluation.

    The court issued this order on Friday for a Megan's Law Assessment. Sandusky will be assessed to determine if he is a "sexually violent predator."

    Rominger says that Sandusky is still under observation but that his client is not suicidal. The attorney says Sandusky wants the examination to take place so that he can start receiving visits from his family.

    “I believe that the chances of Mr. Sandusky winning an appeal are about as good as snow this week in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline, who represents victim number five in the child sex abuse case.

    Kline believes Sandusky was given more benefits by the court than most criminal defendants.

    “He was given more documents, more discovery and frankly, in some parts, more time than many criminal defendants,” said Kline. “There is no doubt he got a fair trial.”

    While Sandusky was found guilty, the criminal investigation continues and he could face more charges.

    At least two victims have filed civil suits and there is the potential for more. Kline says he is waiting for the results of independent investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh before he proceeds.

    “We need to know and understand what Penn State’s conduct was,” said Kline. “They need to take full responsibility and be fully accountable.”

    Penn State hired Freeh to investigate who at the university knew about the abuse and whether there was a cover up. Former athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz are already charged with lying to a grand jury investigating the case.

    “We know there are emails that go to the highest level of Penn State to the president’s office,” said Kline. “We know there was obviously a looking the other way for years if not decades.”

    Freeh’s report is due back late this summer. In an effort to move past the scandal, Penn State is offering a forum to victims to privately address their concerns and compensate them for claims against Penn State.

    Kline tells NBC10 any discussions between Penn State and himself regarding victim number five must be mutually agreed upon and not dictated by the University. Kline also says the timing of Freeh’s report will determine when and if he files a civil suit.