Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison today.
He was sentenced before Common Pleas Court Judge John M. Cleland about 75 minutes after arriving in court this morning just before in shackles and escorted by sheriff's officers.
The former assistant
"I'm not going to sentence you to centuries behind bars, although the law would allow it," Cleland said. "Talking to a 68-year old man about dozens and dozens of years in prison Serves no practical purpose."
However, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan told the court that, "The defendant was, and is, the most insidious and depraved of criminals. He treated his victims like sexual property and discarded them when he wanted."
During those proceedings, prosecutors presented evidence linking Sandusky, now 68, to the molestation of 10 adolescent boys, all of whom he met through The Second Mile charity he founded for troubled and underprivileged youth.
Eight of the boys - now grown men - testified that the former coach entered their lives as a mentor or father figure. They said he often took them to
But in every case, gestures of affection - such as a hand on the knee or an arm around the shoulder - quickly escalated to more serious encounters including oral sex, masturbation and sodomy, they said.
He and his attorneys have said they plan to file an appeal sometime in the next two weeks, arguing that they were not given enough time between
The former coach is expected to be transferred within the next few days to the Camp Hill state prison outside
Once he is assigned a security risk, he will be assigned a permanent prison to serve out his sentence. The state does not maintain dedicated units for sex offenders but offers extensive treatment programs for those convicted of sex crimes against children. (MORE)
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