Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Jerry Sandusky's attorney says his client will appeal the case, claims Sandusky's right to due process was violated.
Jerry Sandusky, 68, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison today for sexually abusing 10 boys. According to reports, Sandusky, wearing a red jumpsuit, gave an 18-minute “rambling” statement in court proclaiming his innocence. Legal analyst Wes Oliver on NBC 10 said the statement was "emotionally unstable" and “bizarre.” In the closed proceedings at the Centre County Courthouse, Judge John M. Cleland first heard arguments from prosecutors, then the defense, then victims – with Sandusky getting the last word before the sentence was given. Cleland gave him 30 to 60 years, saying to Sandusky, "for the rest of your life," according to NBC10. Is the sentence too harsh? Too lenient, or just right…
Lawmaker: Public officials, employees don’t deserve pensions if they are felons.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky won’t lose his public pension, despite being convicted of multiple sexual abuse charges. Neither would a teacher convicted of assaulting his spouse or a police officer of a drug offense. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act only strips public officials and state employees of their pensions, if they are convicted of crimes related to their public office. But, state Rep. Fred Keller, R-Union, doesn’t believe the law is strong enough. He wants to take away their pensions from the State Employees’ Retirement System and Public School Employees’ Retirement System, if they are …
Jerry Sandusky, convicted of child sexual abuse, reads a statement for Penn State radio Monday saying he is innocent of the 'disgusting acts.' He will be sentenced today.
On Monday, Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys, said he was innocent. In a taped statement from jail, Sandusky, 68, said he lost his fight against a “well-orchestrated” conspiracy of accusers including “the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers.” His nearly three-minute statement was aired on Penn State’s student-run station, ComRadio. Sandusky’s attorney’s confirmed the statement was from Sandusky. "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," he said. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts." Sandusky …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Paterno loses all-time wins record; Nittany Lions banned from postseason for four years; school fined $60 million, to be put into a fund to help child abuse victims.
Monday, July 23, 2012
NCAA President Mark Emmert came down hard on Penn State’s football program today, handing down some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history. While the Nittany Lions did not get the death penalty, The Sporting News reports that it may take decades for the college and its football program to recover. The sanctions: Penn State has agreed not to appeal the sanctions, which were handed down less than two weeks after former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted a 267-page report condemning the role of university officials in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse last month. The $60 million fine will be paid over the next five years into a special endowment …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Local victim advocates hope the scandal will educate people on the importance of reporting incidents when they happen.
There is no question that nothing good came out of the 267-page report released Thursday morning that detailed the findings of Louis Freeh's investigation of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of minors at Penn State and the lack of action by university officials to stop him. For local advocates of child abuse victims, the only hopeful ray of light is the extra attention paid to the horrors of sexual abuse and the emphasis on the importance of intervening on behalf of the children. "This report highlights the secrecy that surrounds the sexual abuse of children," said Abbie Newman, executive director of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. "There are too many cases were there is reluctance to report the abuse. The only way to stop it is to report…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
According to an investigation into Penn State's connection to child abuse, '...Nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.'
Former FBI director Judge Louis Freeh released his report investigating Penn State's invlovement in Jerry Sandusky's recent child sex scandal, saying that the "most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State." Does this report's findings change your opinion of Penn State and how it handled Sandusky? Tell us in the comments. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized," Freeh said in a statement on Thursday. "Messrs. [University Presdient Graham] Spanier, [University Vice President Gary] Schultz, [head football coach Joe] Paterno and [Athletic Director Tim] …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Jerry Sandusky probably will spend the rest of his life in prison. Do you agree with the verdict? Vote in our poll.
Disgraced ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday night, resulting in an effective life sentence for the 68-year-old. The guilty verdicts include 25 felony counts. Combined, Sandusky could be sentenced to 442 years in prison. Dressed in a brown sports coat, Sandusky immediately was taken into custody and led from the courthouse in handcuffs. The jury—which included many people with close ties to Penn State—deliberated for only 20 hours on 48 charges against Sandusky. The two-week trial featured damning testimony against Sandusky, who was accused of performing anal and oral sex on boys as young as 8. Despite the lack of physical evidence and the time lapse since the sex abuse, …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Do you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can get a fair trial in his highly publicized child molestation case?
One of the most high-profile trials of the year is set to begin and Patch wants to know if you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will be treated fairly. Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below. Prosecutors claim that Sandusky groomed boys he met through The Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk youth in 1977, then attacked them in some cases in his own home or inside university athletic facilities. Jurors will not be sequestered, meaning they can spend nights and weekends at home. But the judge gave strict orders for them to stay clear of any news reports, as well as social media.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The firing of Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier Wednesday night was the right move, but more investigation is needed.
After the release of the grand jury investigation into the actions of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and his subsequent arrest, the Happy Valley campus has been in turmoil, culminating in Wednesday night’s decision by the Penn State Board of Trustees to fire head coach Joe Paterno and college president Graham Spanier. The news sent Penn State students to the street in protest of the move, overturning a news van, chanting “f*** the trustees” and bringing out riot police who used mace to disperse the crowds. While the destruction of property is inexcusable, I maintain some level of understanding at their reaction to the sudden downfall of the man who has been the face and spirit of the school for more than 55 years. …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Child abuse charges connected to Penn State officials that surfaced over the weekend have local alumni talking.
Charges filed Saturday after a grand jury investigation have caused two top Penn State officials to step down from their positions and sent a whirlwind of discussion throughout the alumni community and the nation at large. "I was shocked and saddened by the revelations that came to light this past weekend," said Jennifer O'Meara, a 2007 graduate who lives in Holland. "We pride ourselves on our tradition and honor, and I can tell you Penn State faithful are reeling from these allegations and feel betrayed by the very people that spoke so highly of 'Success with Honor' and 'May No Act of Ours Bring Shame.'" Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Gerald (Jerry) Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts …