Written by: Matt Sympson
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty in June for the sexual abuse of ten young boys.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to between 30 and 60 years; in all likelihood, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
The news of Sandusky’s sexual behavior at Penn State caused the firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno and brought disgrace to the university. Penn State was fined $60 million and the number of scholarships that the university is able to give out has been cut. The football team is now ineligible for postseason play for the next four years, and Paterno was stripped of 14 years of victories.
Paterno died on Jan. 22, 2012 from lung cancer.
Before the scandal, Paterno was the winningest coach in college football history.
Several of Sandusky’s victims are scarred from the sexual abuse.
“I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory,” one of his victims said, according to BostonHerald.com.
It was stated in the investigation that Paterno knew about Sandusky’s actions and had covered up for him.
University of Akron student Kevin Doak is happy that Sandusky is going to prison for probably the rest of his life, and is happy that some justice will finally be served.
“Sandusky going to prison will take the burden off of all the people that he molested, but his vicious behavior will not leave the victims for the rest of their lives,” Doak said. “Penn State students and players took a tough blow, even though they were not involved. Thirty years will take Sandusky away from this world and keep him from doing any more wrong.”
Dark days are ahead for Jerry Sandusky, who tarnished his own legacy and scarred the lives of many children.
The 68-year-old will likely spend the remainder of his life in prison for the dark acts that he committed, and will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he may have permanently damaged a group of young boys.