Friday, 12. October 2012
We have followed the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal since the news broke nearly a year ago. This week, the saga has neared end. Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
In June, Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse-related crimes including:
- Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse,
- Indecent assault,
- Criminal intent to commit indecent assault,
- Unlawful contact with minors,
- Corruption of minors, and
- Endangering the welfare of children
His charges stemmed from the abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky became acquainted with the victims through his charity The Second Mile, an organization founded to assist underprivileged children and their families.
The maximum penalty for all of Sandusky’s convictions was 400 years. Judge John Cleland sentenced the 68-year-old to 60 years behind bars, giving 112 days credit for time served. Sandusky will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Judge Cleland also declared the former coach a sexually violent offender. This designation will require Sandusky to participate in specialized programs and will determine his housing placement in prison.
Throughout the scope of the case, Sandusky and his family have insisted on his innocence. Sandusky maintained “I did not do these disgusting acts”. However, Sandusky did not protest the judge’s decision to label him a sexually violent offender.
Jerry Sandusky and his criminal defense attorneys now have until next Friday to appeal the sentence and the conviction. According to Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola, they intend to do just that. We will continue to follow the progress of the case should Sandusky’s defense team follow through with their plan to appeal.
Jerry Sandusky is only part of a larger problematic we’ve dubbed The NCAA Sex Scandal:
- The case continues for former Penn State administrators who are charged with failing to report allegations of sexual abuse.
- Poly Prep high school football coach Phil Foglietta is accused of being involved in a complex child prostitution ring that is alleged to also have included Jerry Sandusky.
- Minnesota State University head football coach Todd Hoffner has been charged with two counts of felony child pornography.
- Syracuse head basketball coach Bernie Fine was accused of molesting two university ball boys. Due to the statute of limitations, Fine was not charged.
- Although not affiliated with college sports, former MN prep school teacher Lynn Seibel was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct against children and possession of child pornography.