Where is Jerry Sandusky Now?

September 7, 2023

A Pennsylvania judge handed convicted child sexual offender Jerry Sandusky a loss Thursday in one of his legal challenges and deferred ruling on another his team hopes can lead to a new trial.

A former assistant football coach at Penn State, Sandusky is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence at the Laurel Highlands state correctional institution and could not be considered for parole until October 9, 2042. The case shattered the university's image, forced it to settle abuse claims by 35 victims and led to the firing of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and then-university President Graham Spanier.

In his own case, a jury convicted Sandusky of 45 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 12-year period. The crimes were alleged to have occurred at his charity home, where Sandusky invited vulnerable boys to shower and use the home's basement. He used a series of grooming tactics to get the boys comfortable and then touched them in increasingly sexual ways, according to court records.

Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, adopted a son who has spoken publicly about the abuse he suffered from age 8 to 17. Matthew Sandusky says he suffers from trauma from the molestation and tried to commit suicide. He seldom uses his adoptive father's name but said Wednesday he felt like a "bad kid" and his adoptive father was a "savior" trying to help him.


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