Jerry Sandusky to be sentenced on October 9

By Daniel S Levine,

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky will finally find out how many years he will spend in prison after being convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His sentencing has been set for Oct. 9.

Pennsylvania Judge John Cleland, who presided over the trial, announced the date on Monday, reports USA Today. Cleland will also say whether or not Sandusky will be considered a sexually violent predator, as prosecutors are requesting. That would mean that Sandusky would have to be under supervision if he ever leaves prison, but that seems highly unlikely since he isn’t expected to be paroled.

The 68-year-old Sandusky is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail, notes The AP. He is currently in prison now and still insists that he is innocent.

He was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years and prosecutors said that the some of the abuse took place on Penn State’s campus.

His attorney, Joe Amendola, told the AP in an email that Sandusky might make a statement. “Jerry remains in relatively good spirits and has spent most of his time in custody preparing for his sentencing and his appeal,” Amendola wrote.

While the sentencing will likely put Sandusky behind bars for the rest of his life, it does not end the controversy surrounding the sex abuse scandal and Penn State. The recent internal investigation found that the late football coach Joe Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz had failed to report abuse. Curley and Schultz are suspected of lying to a grand jury and face perjury charges.

Paterno’s family, Curley, Schultz and Spanier all dispute the findings of the report, done by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

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