By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach for the football program at Penn State, has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and up to 60 years for child sexual abuse. The scandal shocked Penn State, its football program and the B1G 10 conference. Former head coach, Joe Paterno, was fired amid the scandal and died months later.
Sandusky defended himself on the stand and gave a statement that the jury didn’t buy. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.
The sentence received is basically a life sentence for the 68-year old Sandusky. Witnesses say he used his charitable organization to get to the boys and rape them. Details of the scandal came out over the summer, during his trial, that included eight of the boys he molested had a large range of abuse. It included fondling, oral sex, and anal intercourse.
One of the witnesses, former assistant coach Mike McQueary, testified that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the shower. On a radio show that aired Monday night, Sandusky still told listeners he did not do these acts. “They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart,” Sandusky said. “In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage.”
Under the Pennsylvania law, Sandusky cannot be released on parole until his minimum term is completed, which means he will be 98 when he is eligible for parole.