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Sandusky Guilty of 45 Out of 48 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Sandusky Guilty of 45 Out of 48 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 of the 48 counts against him. He was convicted of sexually abusing ten young boys. Eight men who said that Sandusky had abused them testified during the trial; their accounts — often graphic and certainly troubling — described abuse by Sandusky in the facilities of the Penn State campus or in his home. He now faces up to 500 years in prison after being found guilty of 45 counts of serial pedophilia.

Sandusky was the long-time defensive coordinator for Penn State’s powerhouse college football team. The charges against Sandusky tarnished not only the university’s famous football program but the reputation of legendary late football coach Joe Paterno who was fired as details of the scandal emerged. Penn State’s president Graham Spanier was also fired by the Board of Trustees after Sandusky’s arrest last November. Two other high-ranking university administrators face ongoing criminal proceedings for allegedly knowing about the abuse committed by Sandusky but failing to report it.

Prosecutors charged that Sandusky had created a charity to help troubled youth, The Second Mile, as his “private hunting ground” to find young victims.

Sandusky did not testify; his wife, Dottie Sandusky, said that she had never been aware of any inappropriate behavior between her husband and others. The Sanduskys had six adopted children one of whom, Matt Sandusky, had offered to testify that he had been sexually abused by his father.

According to numerous accounts, Sandusky “was continually in the company of one or more of those boys, taking them to workouts and football games, giving them gifts, having them sleep at his home and even showering with them,” New York Times says.

The scandal has not only led to a call for tougher laws about child abuse and reporting it in Pennsylvania but also a wrenching public debate about college sports and the role of coaches and other trusted men in the lives of children.

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7:24PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Really, sometimes the system works. I can only imagine what those young adults and children have to live with for the rest of the their lives...

6:57PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Wow, Jane, I usually get a kick out of your rants, but, perhaps, we need to take a pill and chill? Or maybe just click the button once and wait. ;-)

12:36PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Darryll G.: Thank you, my sentiments exactly!!

11:30AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Jane, would you please shut up, 40 post with the same rant is more than enough, just because your a rabid anti-religion nut, enough

10:42AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

"those who want fix blame on their favorite scapegoats"

Oh RIGHT, RAPISTS are SCAPEGOATS now? Hahahahahahaha! Now I have heard EVERYTHING. So NOW it's the LITTLE BOYS' FAULT? Why is THAT? Because they EXIST? Oh My GOD, let's not BLAME RAPISTS!!!!! But we have to BLAME somebody, don't we? It's the BOYS' FAULT!!!! No wait, maybe it's the POPE'S FAULT!!! He COVERED THIS UP FOREVER!!! He's the LEADER!!! What about the POPE?


10:42AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

"those who want fix blame on their favorite scapegoats"

Oh RIGHT, RAPISTS are SCAPEGOATS now? Hahahahahahaha! Now I have heard EVERYTHING. So NOW it's the LITTLE BOYS' FAULT? Why is THAT? Because they EXIST? Oh My GOD, let's not BLAME RAPISTS!!!!! But we have to BLAME somebody, don't we? It's the BOYS' FAULT!!!! No wait, maybe it's the POPE'S FAULT!!! He COVERED THIS UP FOREVER!!! He's the LEADER!!! What about the POPE?


10:28AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

thanks :)

9:09AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

sometimes the system works...too late for most of the victims but at least some closure comes from this conviction.

blaming religion for offenses such as this panders to those who want fix blame on their favorite scapegoats rather than the more difficult to grasp reality of a society in flux and an atmosphere of almost anything is ok.

Statements like I'm seeing here regarding corruption, abuse as a fault of religion do not indicate much of a grasp of either reality or an ability to actually think beyond a fixation on one's personal animosities.

8:44AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

"Religion has nothing to do with the corruption of sports on American campuses."

Oh RIGHT, the Catholic/Christian religion that America was FOUNDED on, the one that
70% of AMERICANS "believe in", the one that INSTITUTED SLAVERY in AMERICA, the one that performed genocide on the NATIVE AMERICANS, the one that killed off all the Buffalo, the one that COVERED UP PEDOPHILIA for 2,000 years has NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS? Ha! You have got to be KIDDING. Take off the blinders. We aren't a country of Hindus here.
Sandusky was a TYPICAL pedophile and typically CATHOLIC. Butt slamming little boys
is an integral part of the Catholic "religion" and has been for 2,000 YEARS.


8:44AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

"Religion has nothing to do with the corruption of sports on American campuses."

Oh RIGHT, the Catholic/Christian religion that America was FOUNDED on, the one that
70% of AMERICANS "believe in", the one that INSTITUTED SLAVERY in AMERICA, the one that performed genocide on the NATIVE AMERICANS, the one that killed off all the Buffalo, the one that COVERED UP PEDOPHILIA for 2,000 years has NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS? Ha! You have got to be KIDDING. Take off the blinders. We aren't a country of Hindus here.
Sandusky was a TYPICAL pedophile and typically CATHOLIC. Butt slamming little boys
is an integral part of the Catholic "religion" and has been for 2,000 YEARS.


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