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Jerry Sandusky Goes To Prison

Posted on October 9, 2012

Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky will spend the remaining years of his life in prison for the evil that he perpetuated against innocent boys.

Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday morning to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys, but not before giving a rambling statement in front of the judge for about 15 minutes.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Patern...

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during warmups prior to the 2006 Homecoming game versus the University of Illinois on Friday, October 20, 2006. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For the rest of your life,” Judge John Cleland told the 68-year-old Sandusky as he read the terms of the sentence.

Sandusky, who coached Penn State’s defense for 30 years and ran a charity for troubled children, was sentenced on 45 counts of child sex abuse, a scandal that rocked the Penn State football program and the university itself.

Sandusky gave the convoluted, rambling statement in court, one day after proclaiming his innocence in a defiant audio statement released from prison. He wore a red prison jump suit and appeared visibly thinner.

Lead prosecutor, Joe McGettigan said Sandusky’s statement was a “masterpiece of banal self-delusion.”

In his audio statement released Monday, Sandusky said there was a conspiracy against him. In the sentencing hearing, Cleland called this theory “unbelievable.”

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said that Sandusky used his charity, Second MIle, as a “victim factory.”

After the sentencing, Penn State President Rodney Erickson issued a statement saying in part, “While today’s sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery.”

In his audio statement and his statement in court, Sandusky continued to deny what he called “false allegations.” He said his wife Dottie is the only person he’s ever had sex with and that he was brought down by a web of conspirators who wanted him convicted. He also blamed his downfall on one of the victims.

Sandusky oversaw Penn State’s powerful defense for 30 years. He was accused of preying on young boys whom he met through his Second Mile Charity, a group devoted to helping under-privileged children.

The allegations that he raped some of these boys, forcing himself on one in a Penn State locker room shower and another in his own basement, shocked the Penn State community, where Sandusky had been revered in the community. Through his charity, he would take kids to football games, helped them find their way through tough lives and even adopted them.

The late head coach Joe Paterno, arguably the most important figure in modern Penn State history, was fired amid allegations he did not properly report concerns about Sandusky to law enforcement officials. Two other top Penn State officials, athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, have yet to face trial on charges they lied to a grand jury about their knowledge of Sandusky’s crimes.

The NCAA hit Penn State with a $60 million fine, vacated all wins going back to 1998 and reduced the number of scholarships.

Sandusky is 68 and his sentence today is expected to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky’s legal team is expected to start the appeals process after the sentencing.

If a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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