“First, I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” he began, his voice shaking. “My actions were shamefully wrong. I fell far short of my own ideals and my previous behaviour. I participated in activities that victimized children. I’ve hurt everyone I care about and I have undermined an entire career dedicated to improving public education.
“All of this is a source of lasting shame to me and that pain and remorse will remain with me for life, whatever sentence I receive.”