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Jerry Sandusky, Former Coach at Penn State, Sentenced After Conviction For Child Abuse

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years for sexually abusing 10 boys.

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The former assistant football coach for Penn State University was sentenced to 30 to 60 yearsin jail on charges of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Jerry Sandusky, the coach, could have been sentenced to up to 400 years for being convicted on numerous accounts of child abuse. But the judge in the case decided that 30 to 60 was enough.

John Cleland, the judge, told Sandusky that he would be in prison “for the rest of his life.”

Cleland continued, saying: "The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live.”

Sandusky’s lawyer has vowed to file an appeal, claiming that he didn’t have enough time to prepare an adequate defense.

Sandusky was the heir apparent to Joe Paterno, the famous football coach for Penn State. But the football team and the university suffered huge blows after the discovery that Sandusky molested children he met through The Second Mile, a charity in Pennsylvania serving at-risk youth. Furthermore, as ESPN notes, “an investigation commissioned by the university and led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno and other top officials covered up allegations against Sandusky for years to avoid bad publicity.”

Sandusky still claims that he didn’t do any of the alleged acts, and has “blamed a widespread conspiracy among police, university administrators and the media for his conviction,” according to NBC News.

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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