BELLEFONTE, PA – Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno‘s downfall.
A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.
Three victims spoke, often fighting back tears. One looked Sandusky in the eyes at times.
The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach was found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Witnesses said Sandusky used the charitable organization he founded for troubled children as his personal hunting ground to find and groom boys to become his victims.
His arrest 11 months ago, and the details that came out during his trial over the summer, transformed Sandusky’s public image from a college coach who had been widely admired for his work with The Second Mile charity into that of a reviled pervert who preyed on the very youngsters who sought his help.
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse Friday night and faces spending the rest of his life in state prison. His attorney said he would appeal the verdict.
Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, asked Judge John Cleland to allow Sandusky to be released on house arrest, but Cleland summarily rejected the request, saying: “Bail is revoked. Mr. Sandusky is remanded to the custody of the sheriff.”
Sandusky was immediately led out of the courthouse in handcuffs as a large crowd of onlookers cheered. Sentencing was set for late September.
Joe Paterno is having a bad month. Not only has he been fired after 60+ years, but now PSU is taking down a 900-pound statue of JoePa that stands outside Beaver Stadium over Thanksgiving break. It’s being done to avoid riots. Hmmmmm.
In addition, the Big Ten will be removing JoePa’s name from the conference championship trophy.
Mr. McQueary’s statement that he notified the police about witnessing Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a 10-year-old boy in the PSU showers has gotten the attention of local police. State College Police Chief Tom King is sayin’ that ain’t so, Joe Mike. There is no record on file that McQueary reported Sandusky to the State College popo.
The Pennsylvania State Police are not commenting if McQueary spoke with them because of the ongoing investigation into the 2002 incident. Guessing the answer is “no”.
Jerry Sandusky breaks his silence to proclaim his innocence but admits he had a lapse in judgement showering with kids (no duh Jerry). This revelation in light of the fact that two eyewitnesses claim they saw Sandusky having sex with young boys in 2000 and 2002.
There is an email supposedly floating around, penned by Mike McQueary, in which McQueary states he did not run away, he “stopped it” and “did the right thing”. So did Mike see “horseplay” and “towel snapping” as Jerry puts it OR did Mike see something else. I don’t think sodomy falls under horseplay.
One has to wonder when we will get to the truth in all of this. Right now it seems like a great deal of posturing with a heapin’ helpin’ of CYA thrown in for good measure.
In addition to Jerry Sandusky, JoePa, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, Mike McQueary and Graham Spanier, you can add Second Mile charity CEO Jack Raykovitz to the growing cast of characters. Mr. Raykovitz resigned Sunday after 28 years at the helm. So far all the victims were boys in the Second Mile program. Second Mile has retained Philadelphia law firm Archer & Greiner as its counsel.
Mike McQueary, on paid administrative leave, is apparently consulting with the Harrisburg law firm of Strokoff and Cowden, who specialize in employment law. McQueary received death threats and is reportedly in hiding.
McQueary is being handled differently than the others because he is a witness in the case and he also may fall under Pennsylvania’s whistleblower law. The law includes protection for the whistleblower against firing, demotion or punishment. McQueary’s status under this law is still being determined.