Special Report Update: Former Penn State University Coach Convicted of Sex Abuse

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Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State University football defensive coordinator, has been convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period.  A jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 accounts. Following the verdict, Sandusky was ordered to jail where he will await sentencing, likely within 90 days. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

Even with the jury’s verdict, the story is not over. Former Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz still face perjury charges related to an alleged cover-up of one of Sandusky’s abuse victims. At least one news report asserts that Penn State is encouraging Sandusky’s victims to come forward and settle any potential lawsuits privately. And, an artist has replaced an image of Sandusky on a State College, PA mural with the image of poet who speaks out against sexual abuse.

The Second Mile, a charity started by Sandusky and through which he met some of his victims, has announced that it is transferring its assets and programs to Arrow Child and Family Ministries, pending approval from Orphans’ Court. Arrow Child and Family Ministries is an existing charity based in Houston with operations in Pennsylvania.

For more information about Sandusky and how to keep you children safe from sexual abuse, read:

Tragic Lessons of the Penn State Fiasco

Actions of One Alleged & One Admitted Child-Rapist Impact You

10 Essential Tips to Protect Children from Real Monsters

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

 

UPDATE (Oct. 9, 2012): Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. This means that he will not be eligible for parole until he is 98 years old. Sandusky, he maintains his innocence, says he will appeal the sentence. For more information, read this Associated Press article.

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