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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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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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I say put him in with Gen Pop and let the bigger bullies have their way with him!!!
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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

  The sentence that they gave him will never be enough punishment for that perverted jerk!   He should have been hung by the body part that he molested those boys with. devilHis ass is grass in prison.

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 4:45 AM

It doesn't matter that it isn't the maximum sentence, he'll still die in prison.

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM

GOOD! He deserves it

by on Oct. 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM

I wish i could say justice has been served but that would have only been if something had of been learned by the entire household, i for one minute do not beleive that his wife Dotty knew nothing about this, we  as women have an extra sense when it comes to something being amiss in our households, and i honestly do not beleive she was no diffrent, exspecially since her own son spoke about his own abuse at the hands of his father. I beleive there were too many nights of i'll be right backs and she begin to think something was amiss she crept down those stairs and caught a glimpse or two at the horror and began to ignore it rather than face it, i beleive she turned the tv up inorder to ensure she heard nothing, i beleive she is not innocent in this just as sure as she keeps calling her son a liar, and denying he was ever abused, she knows to admit it will null and void that 900k retirement he was just awarded, and thats what she was gunning for and this is where i come to the conclusion there is no remorse from either of them, but thats fine, they have a higher judge who will take care of this! And Jerry Sandusky thinks he's going to float through the prison system unscathed we'll see, sure they're smiling at him, just as surely as the chicken hawk in the cartoon stares at red the rooster and sees a cooked chcken meal! 

by on Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Any one going to prison faces that risk

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... 

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