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Jerry Sandusky Pays For His Crimes Against Innocence

Posted on October 10, 2012

Former Penn State football coach and pedophile Jerry Sandusky will have a lot to think about for many years to come. He will spend the remaining years of his life in prison for the evil that he perpetuated against innocent boys.

Sandusky was ordered to spend at least 30 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing at-risk boys for more than a decade, a sentence likely to keep him behind bars until he dies.

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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)

Defiantly maintaining his innocence, the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator listened as several victims recounted their pain to the packed courtroom.

Sandusky stood motionless in a red prison jumpsuit, his back to the audience and his wife, Dottie, while Judge John Cleland handed down the 30- to 60-year sentence for crimes that stunned the public, a major university and the world of college sports.

The one-time coach, who has been in solitary confinement, will be at least 98 years old before he is eligible for parole. He will be transferred to the Camp Hill State Correctional Institution for evaluation to determine which of the 25 state prisons will house him.

Because his conviction as a child molester makes him a target, he will likely be placed in isolation or protective custody. He will hold a job that pays 19 to 52 cents an hour, probably as a clerical worker, and be allowed five visits a month. Pennsylvania does not offer conjugal prison visits. That’s good news for young boys.

Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team’s showers on campus.

His victims accused him of fondling and oral and anal abuse. One recalled screaming in vain for help in the basement of Sandusky’s home. Most experts said the sentence was fair.

The scandal shined a light on the devastating issue of child sexual abuse and raised pointed questions about the motivation of people who knew about Sandusky’s behavior but failed for years to report a top coach vital to building Penn State’s successful and lucrative football program.

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