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Jerry Sandusky Gets 30 to 60 Years for Sex Abuse After Tearful Victim Statements

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Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 children, after a Pennsylvania judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in jail today.

Sandusky, 68, would be 98 at his earliest possible release date. Sandusky will now undergo extensive evaluations, including his medical and mental health needs, health care, security level, and program needs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Sandusky's security will likely be an issue as authorities decide where to place him in the state prison population, as his case could make him a target for other inmates.

There are 25 prisons for men in Pennsylvania that Sandusky could be sent to, none of which have a special housing unit or facility for sex offenders, the department said.

The sentence was handed down by Judge John Cleland after tearful testimony from both Sandusky and his victims.

Sandusky's victims recounted the horror inflicted on them by the former Penn State football defensive coordinator, including one victim's mother who said her son had twice attempted suicide because of the abuse.

Sandusky also spoke at the sentencing, denying that he ever engaged in "disgusting acts" and remembering instead fun water balloon fights and throwing kids in the air in pools.


"Jerry Sandusky lured me into a Penn State sauna and then a shower and then forcibly had me touch him," said the man identified as Victim 5. "I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body. I continue to be haunted by the incident. (I have) anxiety, PTSD, nightmares, and embarrassment and guilt."

"For four years, I believed you were helping my son but instead you were molesting him. He was losing weight, couldn't sleep. I blame myself and still do," the mother of Victim 9 wrote in a statement. "I have had to endure two attempts from my son on his own life, all because of you and what you did to my son."

The statements came shortly ahead of Sandusky's own tearful statement to the court, in which he described his time in jail, staring at cement walls, imagining the fun times he spent with the children of his charity, the Second Mile, through which he met all of his victims.

"A chill goes up my spine and my eyes fill up again. It doesn't matter what you look at, it's what you see. When I look at those walls again, I see light, visits from family and friends," he said on the stand, clad in a red jumpsuit and looking noticeably thinner and more gaunt than during his trial. I see me throwing hundreds of kids in the air, water balloon battles, a dog licking childrens' faces."

Sandusky said in his statement that he has spent his time in jail meditating, writing, exercising, and reading books about persecution and struggle. He said he has faced "outbursts by troubled inmates" and "special inmates who have smiled at me."

"Somehow, someway, something good will come out of this. These are people I cared about, still do. I used to think of ways to praise them, to help them have fun."

"To my loved ones I want to say, the most difficult part is the pain of separation. Some of the labeling hurts but they don't compare to the pain of their absence," he said.

Sandusky's victims said they were outraged at Sandusky's continued claims of innocence.



by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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lifeisajoy
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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He deserves it and Pennstate though is still a nice college just went there this summer-so I hope people will still respect all of the students and the college and the good people that work there and not the evil Sandusky

lasombrs
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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what cant they do? Put him in general or put him to death? I never understand the general population thing. Plenty of people commmit terrible crimes and don't get special treatment. I don't understand why just because he was a "celebrity" he should be seperated

Quoting Hani_Mommy:


Quoting goofygalno1:

I think they need to stick him in general population... let the inmates have their way with him!!!  He deserves death I think...

They can't ... it violate a constitutional right... 



cjsmom1
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Good, I hope he is as miserable as all the boys whose lives he ruined.

sara_7106
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM
I'm happy that he will spend the rest of his life in jail
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EthansMomma2010
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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 who cares if he gets raped in prison? sounds like a fitting punishment for the crimes he committed!!!

jannasa
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He is one sick person.  He needs to rot in jail!!!!!!

Hani_Mommy
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM
Well, i do not believe death is a sentence for this crime. Not saying I agree with that, but you can't impose a higher sentence than what the crime is.

Also, it would fall under cruel and unusual punishment to place him in incarceration where he could b brutally harmed, and have knowledge of the potential substantial risk.


Quoting lasombrs:

what cant they do? Put him in general or put him to death? I never understand the general population thing. Plenty of people commmit terrible crimes and don't get special treatment. I don't understand why just because he was a "celebrity" he should be seperated

Quoting Hani_Mommy:



Quoting goofygalno1:

I think they need to stick him in general population... let the inmates have their way with him!!!  He deserves death I think...

They can't ... it violate a constitutional right... 



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gotnothinonme
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Even criminals have a certain "code" and one of them is that child rapists are shunned even by murders and rapists- the state is obligated to protect them from the beatings, rapes and death that he will likely suffer in general pop. Even criminals have children, and very few of them are kind to someone who preys on them.

Quoting lasombrs:

what cant they do? Put him in general or put him to death? I never understand the general population thing. Plenty of people commmit terrible crimes and don't get special treatment. I don't understand why just because he was a "celebrity" he should be seperated

Quoting Hani_Mommy:


Quoting goofygalno1:

I think they need to stick him in general population... let the inmates have their way with him!!!  He deserves death I think...

They can't ... it violate a constitutional right... 



lasombrs
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I wasn't saying death was the correct punishment either. Just wasn't sure sure what right you were referring to.

But I guess that's the part I don't understand. Couldn't everyone in prison then claim it would be cruel to send them to jail because someone could harm them or try to use them. I mean the people in prison aren't upstanding citizens and all.

Quoting Hani_Mommy:

Well, i do not believe death is a sentence for this crime. Not saying I agree with that, but you can't impose a higher sentence than what the crime is.

Also, it would fall under cruel and unusual punishment to place him in incarceration where he could b brutally harmed, and have knowledge of the potential substantial risk.


Quoting lasombrs:

what cant they do? Put him in general or put him to death? I never understand the general population thing. Plenty of people commmit terrible crimes and don't get special treatment. I don't understand why just because he was a "celebrity" he should be seperated

Quoting Hani_Mommy:



Quoting goofygalno1:

I think they need to stick him in general population... let the inmates have their way with him!!!  He deserves death I think...

They can't ... it violate a constitutional right... 




eponymous1
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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Says that they are considering the best place to put Jerry, since he could be a target for inmates.  That's bull****.  He made his bed, let him lie in it now.  He deserves no special treatment.

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