The curtains have finally come down upon the shameful Penn State sex-scandal case involving little boys which has rocked the state, with the former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sentenced Tuesday to between 30 to 60 years behind bars.
A spate of sexual abuses of children for a decade and half by Sandusky brought shame to the university and also led to the downfall of its legendary coach, Joe Paterno. In June the 68-year-old Sandusky was found guilty of 45 varying counts of child sexual abuse.
Judge John Cleland sentenced Sandusky to between 30 to 60 years in prison, convicting him of molesting 10 boys over 15 years. Just before the sentencing the judge said: “The tragedy of this crime is that it’s a story of betrayal. The most obviously aspect is your betrayal of 10 children … I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that,” he added.
Yet Cleland declared that he expected Sandusky to be in prison for the rest of his life. Barring a successful appeal, the former Penn State coach will most certainly be languishing behind bars for the rest of his life for his heinous crimes. Under Pennsylvania law he will also not be eligible for parole before the minimum term is completed.
An insolent Sandusky appeared in court wearing a bright red prison jumpsuit, delivering a near incoherent four-minute monologue. He flatly disowned the crimes, declaring defiantly that he will challenge all the verdicts against him. Sandusky, in obvious denial, told the judge: "They can make me out as a monster, but in my heart I know I didn't do these alleged, disgusting things."
The now-convicted pedophile has always maintained he is innocent, and plans on appealing his sentence. According to Sandusky he was a victim of Penn State, investigators, civil attorneys, the press and others. In his statement before the court, he also spoke about his life behind bars and the pain of separation from his family.
Before Sandusky’s statement, three of his victims spoke in choked voices, often fighting back tears about how their coach had let them down. One of the boys designated by the state grand jury as “Victim 4” looked at Sandusky in the eye and told him bluntly: "You should be ashamed of yourself. I want you to know I will not forgive you. I don't know if I could ever forgive you."
The brief hearing concluded with Judge Cleland describing Sandusky's statement as "unbelievable." Cleland said the "ultimate tragedy of this case is that the very victims you abused had your trust, they trusted you. This crime is not only about crimes of the body, it is also about the assaults on their psyches and their souls."
Today’s sentencing of Sandusky over child sex abuses comes only a little more than three months after a U.S. jury handed down a guilty verdict and one year after a Pennsylvania grand jury first published a horrifying dossier of crimes directly linking Sandusky to the misdeeds.
Sandusky founded The Second Mile, a charitable body to ostensibly help troubled young boys. But it was actually used to find and groom little boys to satisfy his perversions. However, the former coach was arrested 11 months ago and over the summer all the gory details of his crimes started tumbling out during his trial. In one stroke, it changed Sandusky’s public image from one of a revered college coach, widely admired for his work, to a cheap pervert who preyed upon hapless young boys who had sought his help.
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Source: USA Today/Washington Post
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