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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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goofygalno1
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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he shouldn't get those rights... what rights did he give his victims?  I think pedophiles, rapists, and murderers shouldn't get appeals process and should automatically be put to death.  Seems to me our court system worries more about the one who does the crime instead of being there for the victim.  Our system is flawed... JMO

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... 


vinalex0581
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

who?

and how is he different then any other pedophile?

vinalex0581
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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and that's the reason why pedophiles, rapists and murderers get rights.......because our system IS flawed.

it's rare but it does happen that these people are wrongfully accused.

Quoting goofygalno1:

he shouldn't get those rights... what rights did he give his victims?  I think pedophiles, rapists, and murderers shouldn't get appeals process and should automatically be put to death.  Seems to me our court system worries more about the one who does the crime instead of being there for the victim.  Our system is flawed... JMO

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... 



goofygalno1
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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well, I would say in this case it wouldn't be.  There is too much evidence there for it to be wrong.  How can so many people come forward and he wants to appeal it??  He's a sick man that doesn't deserve to breath the same air as anyone.  I don't feel sorry for him one bit, but they will probably cater to him and let him have some nice little room so he live out his sorry life.  Pathetic!!

 

Quoting vinalex0581:

and that's the reason why pedophiles, rapists and murderers get rights.......because our system IS flawed.

it's rare but it does happen that these people are wrongfully accused.

Quoting goofygalno1:

he shouldn't get those rights... what rights did he give his victims?  I think pedophiles, rapists, and murderers shouldn't get appeals process and should automatically be put to death.  Seems to me our court system worries more about the one who does the crime instead of being there for the victim.  Our system is flawed... JMO

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... 

 



lydi
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

 am glad justice was served but he needs to own up to what terrible things he did

kailu1835
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Glad to hear justice has been served.

LuvMyBrennaBean
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM
1 mom liked this

Personally, I think he should be set free... with his release announced to the families and the public. 

livelaughlov26
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM
1 mom liked this

He disgusts me. I hope he gets raped in prison. Being murdered isn't enough, he should be abused everyday.

pittymama
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

he was a football coach in pennsylvania. he was charged with 52 counts of abuse towards a minor over a 15 year period so i think it's a big deal because he got away with it for so long and is still denying the charges. 

Quoting vinalex0581:

who?

and how is he different then any other pedophile?


autiemama516
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The sad thing is this monster will never see general pop. He is denying ever having sexual contact with the victims to try to get an insanity defense. Most likely the judge will give him a slap on the wrist and put him in a special cell just for him. I think the death penalty is too easy for him. He needs to be gangraped daily and be castrated as well.

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