Sandusky Will Die In Prison, Sentenced To 30-60 Years
Jerry Sandusky and his decades of luring and molesting children have officially come to a close after he was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison on Tuesday. The 68 year old former Penn State assistant football coach would be 98 years old before becoming eligible for parole. He faced a maximum sentence of 400 years for the sexual abuse of at least 10 boys over a decade and a half. Of course it was because of Sandusky’s actions and the subsequent inactions of multiple high-ranking Penn State authorities, including the beloved Joe Paterno, which has cast a dark shadow over Happy Valley.
Forget about football and the aftermath that these events have caused to a University and it’s athletic department. The victims of Sandusky’s crimes will carry a pain unfathomable by most and due to his heinous crimes they are likely unable to live “normal” lives. The actions of this man are despicable and despite all of the evidence against him he has declared his innocence from day one and continued to hurt those who have already been through so much pain.
The victims and their families gave testimony about the events that occurred and the emotional atomic bomb that was dropped into their lives when their relationships with Jerry Sandusky turned dark. How difficult must it have been for them to explain all the pain they have felt and still feel every day? I can’t imagine what it would be like to relive those incredibly uncomfortable moments. Moments in which they had been taken advantage of by this horrible predator. It was disgusting just to read about the details, only they know what it felt like to be victimized by this pedophile.
The pain will never completely go away but many believed that when Sandusky was convicted that it would bring some joy and justice to the lives of these victims and their families. That was wishful thinking. Sandusky came prepared with a statement of his own to read before the judge and a packed court room. In it he pleaded with anyone willing to listen his reasoning for why he was wrongfully convicted, declaring that he “did not do these disgusting acts.” The victims, their testimony, the evidence, eye witnesses, the jury and judge all say differently, but Sandusky has reasoning for that as well.
He claimed that his lawyers did not have adequate time to prepare for trial and that one of his accusers “always sought attention” and he was the one that “started everything.” Sandusky continued saying that this victim was “joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers.” Did you leave anyone out Jerry? He would go on to challenge more of his victims contemplating “what they really won; attention, financial gain, prestige” claiming that it “will all be temporary.” The pain however, will not.
“Before you blame me as others have, look at everything and everybody. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened and why, and who made it happen. Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn’t come out of isolation. The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me, given the information, attention and potential perks.”
Sandusky had begun rambling and the disheveled old man in a red jumpsuit looked frail and desperate. To actually think that any one of these victims would put themselves in that courtroom on an account of lying to gain notoriety for being one of the numerous boys that “Touchdown Jer” would molest as the tickle monster is foolish. In the end Jerry Sandusky went back to what he knew best, besides luring children, by giving the courtroom one last locker room speech. “I told Dottie [his wife] that day, ‘We’re definitely in the fourth quarter now. . . You find out who’s with you in the fourth quarter, who will go through the hurt and pain to get you where you want to go.”
Well Mr. Sandusky it was those 10 male victims who went through the hurt and pain to get you to where you wanted to go. Because of your actions you will spend the rest of your life behind bars and probably in protective custody. You may feel comfort from your lies and deceit and it may allow you to lay your head at night before falling asleep but one day justice will be served when this monster dies in prison. This man has caused so much pain that the trail of terror that followed in his aftermath is nothing compared to tragedy the real victims live through in this case. Nobody will worry about Jerry Sandusky after his fifteen minutes of infamy fade away but the public will and probably already have forgotten about the victims.