TODAY | October 10, 2012
>> convicted child sexual abuser jerry sandusky are preparing their appeal this morning. nbc's michael isikoff has more from bellefonte, pennsylvania. michael, good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, natalie. jerry sandusky now officially branded a sexually violent predator will be transferred from a county jail to a state prison next week to begin serving what amounts to a life sentence . judge john cle lapd's words were stinging as he rebuked jerry sandusky for assaulting his victims. the crimes not only what you di to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls. he sentenced sandusky to 30 to 60 years, not as much as some victims wanted, their lawyers said, but it accomplished its purpose.
>> bottom line is he's going to spend his life in prison . no question about that.
>> reporter: sandusky , 68, was convicted of abusing ten young boys . one of them choked back tears tuesday, saying he was still haunted by flashbacks of sandusky molesting him. another said to the defendant, i'll never forgive you. because of you, i'll never allow my only child out of my sight because of fear of what might happen to him. sandusky gave a rambling statement professing his nocence, recalling his glory days as a penn state football coach, helping troubled kids and echoing some of the same points he made in a radio broadcast from jail casting doubt on his accusers.
>> i've wondered what they really won, attention, financial gain prestige.
>> reporter: hief prosecutor joe mcgettigan was contemptuous.
>> banal in the extreme, self-centered and devoid of any connection with the reality of the harm he has caused t.sounded like a testimony to himself.
>> reporter: now when sandusky is taken a state prison intake center next week, he egundergo psychological evaluation as officials seek to determine whether he can safely mix with other prisoners or he needs to be kept in isolation for his own protection. natalie.
>> michael isikoff in bellefonte, pennsylvania, thank you.