Convicted Pedophile Jerry Sandusky’s Sniveling Mercy Plea Ignored- Sentenced To 60 Years

Bellefonte, PA-  After a pitiful denial of the charges against him which contained more vitriol geared at his victims and their families was released late yesterday,  Judge Cleland made sure Sandusky knew he was unmoved.

Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.   Sandusky must do 30 years before he is eligible for parole in Centre County, PA.

Sandusky , if his appeal for a new trial is unsuccessful, will be 100 years old before he would ever appear before a parole board.


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  1. redly says:


  2. Tarheel says:

    That’s better than I thought. I thought I had read that he got 30 years and I was thinking that was rediculous. Glad to see that was not the case.

  3. hk says:

    It is not near enough. He could have been sentenced to 400 yrs.

    A stronger message should have been sent.

  4. T. Ruth says:

    Funny, he doesn’t mention his own adopted son when he’s referring to his accusers who are only accusing for profit. Enjoy your stay, Jer.

    Is there still an ongoing investigation of others at the SM?

  5. Riverpearl says:

    To all the young men who stood up against F(elon)JS, you have finally seen justice handed down.

    Though it will never give you back what has been taken from you, may you find solace in the knowledge FJS will NEVER have access to another child again.

    All of the young men have shown such strength, bravery & hope, yes hope in their future.

    Today IS the first day of the rest of your lives – please, go forward & be @ peace. Y’all deserve that & more.

  6. mike says:

    the Jerrmeister keeps saying that in his “heart” he knows he did not do these things – how about in his “mind?”

  7. Ragdoll says:

    This is a victory but I’m gonna recycle a common sentiment anyways…

    Only 60 years? Drug dealers can get life, but this pathetic excuse for a being gets 60 years?

    The fact he shows no remorse is the flashing neon sign. God forbid, he ever sees day light.

    These laws need to change.

    I pray his victims feel some kind of peace or justice. I can’t fathom what their lives are like b/c Sandusky strutted into them like a proud peacock.

  8. January says:


  9. A Texas Grandfather says:

    That is one down of the bunch that abused these young men or enabled them. His lawyer is talking about an appeal based on his jury trial. Good luck with that Mr.Amendola, few jury sentences are overturned on appeal.

    The sentence was 30 to 60 years, thus the earliest time for parole of 30 years. He would be 99 years old. Few live past 80 in prison.

  10. Cadillac says:

    Poor Jerry – ha ha – he wants us to believe that all the world is lying and he is the ONLY one telling the truth.

    Let’s see- only one liar or lots of liars?

    My family has been involved with a pedophile and I cannot think of a worse crime – there is no rehabilitation for them and there is no rest for the small victim.

    Like Jerry, this person’s family stands behind the pedophile. What is up with that?

    I am sorry – but someone sees this behavior and turns a blind eye to it. That is why they get away with it, for awhile.

    His family should be ashamed also.

  11. erose says:

    This single sentence portrays to me what Sandusky is all about. If I were a shrink, this is where I would start with him. To me it is a subtle admission, and apology.

    Sandusky said: “In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.”

    Read more:

  12. Word Girl says:

    It might be a good time to review the Costas interview with Inmate Sandusky.

    Sandusky: ”I’m a very passionate person in terms of trying to make a difference in the lives of some young people,” Sandusky said in the interview. “I worked very hard to try to connect with them. To make them feel good about themselves. To be something significant in their lives. Maybe this gets misinterpreted, has gotten depending on. … I know a lot of young people where it hasn’t. I have worked with many, many young people where there has been no misinterpretation of my actions and I have made a very significant difference in their lives.”

    Costas : “But isn’t what you’re just describing the classic MO of many pedophiles?” he asked. “And that is that they gain the trust of young people, they don’t necessarily abuse every young person. There were hundreds, if not thousands of young boys you came into contact with, but there are allegations that at least eight of them were victimized. Many people believe there are more to come. So it’s entirely possible that you could’ve helped young boy A in some way that was not objectionable while horribly taking advantage of young boy B, C, D and E. Isn’t that possible?”

    Sandusky : “Well — you might think that. I don’t know. In terms of — my relationship with so many, many young people. I would — I would guess that there are many young people who would come forward. Many more young people who would come forward and say that my methods and — and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life. And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.”

  13. Sue says:

    Why did the media even give this POS air-time? No one wants to hear from him. All it does is give him a chance to re-victimize his victims. Let the victims be the final voice. The public does not need to hear anymore from this deranged, sick, vile monster. And I don’t want to hear from his wife either unless she comes out of denial. As far as I’m concerned she’ll re-victimize the victims again too by standing by him. If ever there was an enabler……

  14. Christy says:

    His statement of ‘in my heart’ shows he absolutely thinks he did nothing wrong. In his heart, it was OK.

    Rot Jerry, just rot.

  15. Word Girl says:

    Phrase of the day uttered by McGettigan in a NY Times article

    *****completely untethered from reality*****

    “His statement today was a masterpiece in banal self-delusion, completely untethered from reality and without any acceptance of responsibility,” said Joseph E. McGettigan III, the lead prosecutor. “It was entirely self-focused, as if he him were the victim. It was, in short, ridiculous.”

  16. Word Girl says:

    fyi The NY Times article is for tomorrow 10/10/12 p.1A

  17. Word Girl says:

    Have we posted this article by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker?

    Word Girl- thanks for posting that, excellent read.

  18. erose says:

    “I’m not going to sentence you to centuries,” Judge Cleland said to Sandusky. “It makes no sense for a 68-year-old man. This sentence will put you in prison for the rest of your life.”

    Judge Cleland added that the case, which shook Penn State and called into question the role of major college sports on campus, was, in the end, “a story of betrayal.”

    “You abused the trust of those who trusted you,” he said.

  19. erose says:

    @Lizzy, O/T I love dance, ergo I sometimes watch Dancing with the Stars. Saw the Penn State student from NY do his tap tonight. His story and dance were inspirational. Here’s to the “good stuff!”

  20. Survivor says:

    I can do statement analysis on this all day long. When an accuser blames his victimes (and the plural here is such a big deal), that is a big red flag. Congratulations to all of the victims who stood up against this monster. I hope those who did – and did not – stand against him have a little peace. His continued denials will deny them the validation that I know all of them are seeking or have sought but I hope they can go on to live productive lives in spite of that. To wait for validation from a creature as horrible as this one is a waste of their time and emotion. I know this from experience! Peace and love to all of them!

  21. erose says:

    Sandusky’s sentence, by victim and count

    Victim 1

    Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (2 counts); indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 25 years, 3 months to 50 years, 6 months

    Victim 2

    Indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 2 to 4 years

    Victim 3:

    Indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 13 to 26 months

    Victim 4:

    Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 6 years, 4 months to 12 years, 6 months

    Victim 5:

    Unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 12 to 24 months

    Victim 6:

    Unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 12 to 24 months

    Victim 7:

    Attempted indecent assault; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 7 to 14 months

    Victim 8:

    Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of Children.

    Sentence: 6 years, 4 months to 13 years, 6 months

    Victim 9:

    Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (2 counts); indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 25 years, 3 months to 50 years, 6 months

    Victim 10:

    Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (2 counts); indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of children.

    Sentence: 11 years, 9 months to 23 years, 6 months

    Read more here:

  22. erose says:

    I do not understand the differing sentences for the same charges. For example Victims #2 and #3, exact same charges, different sentence. I know the judge has discretion, but does anyone know if this has to do with age or circumstances or what???

  23. erose says:

    Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney who represents a 40-year-old man who says he was molested by Sandusky as a 16-year-old high school football player, said he believes Sandusky’s pedophilia goes back decades, and urged the attorney general’s office to consider another criminal prosecution.

    “In all probability, he sexually molested hundreds of children over the course of decades,” Garabedian said. “He was cunning, clever and conniving.”

    A spokesman for state Attorney General Linda Kelly declined comment on whether Sandusky could face additional charges, citing an ongoing grand jury investigation. But the statute of limitations would likely bar prosecutors from going after Sandusky for older crimes. Current Pennsylvania law allows them to file charges until a child victim’s 50th birthday – but only for cases involving victims born Aug. 27, 1984 or later.

    Read more here:

  24. erose says:

    Not to take anything away from AG Kelly, but this is a good statement, but falls short of a great statement when instructions like “do the right thing” aren’t spelled out, IMO.

    “While it is true that Jerry Sandusky will not be hurting any more children, there will be others to take his place. That is why we must redouble our efforts to stop predators and protect victims. That is the lesson we must take away from the Sandusky case, if we want some good to come of it. Whoever you are, whatever your station in life – please have the courage and the decency to do the right thing if you suspect that a child is being abused.” – Attorney General Linda Kelly

    Read more here:

  25. Ode says:

    This monster’s picture turns my stomach inside out. He is a disgusting human being. How can he say “in my heart blah blah blah” when he has no heart. Spill you guts monster…tell what you know about others…we know you know about others….it is the only chance you have…..

  26. beejay says:

    If we are to believe Joe Amendola. Well, let me start again. IF what Amendola says is true, in a TV interview yesterday he revealed that a long time friend of Sandusky’s, who is in radio, set up the radio airing. Not known was what station it would be aired on. (I suspect most turned it down.)

    In the pre-sentencing conference, Cleland warned counselors that Sandusky would not be allowed to: (1)trash the victims; or (2)trash the justice system.

    Ergo, the radio event occurred.

    Remember when we talked long ago about the various radio announcers of PSU football in the past? Do we suppose one of those guys was the one who arranged the deranged Sandusky-promo? Or, was it someone else?

    My thinking is this, and I think with my mind–not my heart; it serves a different purpose. If I were in the position of that longtime friend of JS, having informed myself of the published portion of his investigation and trial, would I have arranged that promo for him? No. But I would have visited him in jail and brought him cookies. As a friend of someone whose mind and heart went sideways long ago, for reasons unknown to me.

    So, I am now revisiting the friends list. Looking for pedophile-sympathizers.

  27. Riverpearl says:

    @Word Girl says:
    October 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    F(elon)Sandusky: “… And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs… There are many that I didn’t have …”

    [Snipped from Costas interview with Inmate Sandusky]

  28. beejay says:

    Yesterday I was perusing the list of faculty and emeritus people connected with those 2 PSU “student” radio stations. Too long a list.

    Just now I came across this. Which narrows down the chore:

    “I do my radio thing at the station that … according to what another announcer told me … was begun by students and was later taken over by professors.

    Jerry Sandusky sent his rant … also known as his statement … to the student station. Not the adult station.

    Going to the young people right to the end, is he?”


  29. beejay says:

    I believe Amendola. That there was someone other than Sandusky’s lawyers and their staff who arranged for the broadcast of his radio promo. And I don’t necessarily think that the managers of ComRadio know who that was. Doesn’t matter to me who handled the mechanics of transferring the recording from jail to ComRadio–unless that was the same person who arranged for the placement.

    “It is a mystery who might have recorded it and station co-news directors Caroline Goggin and Jared Abbott would say only that “a source with visiting privileges to the jail” gave them the tape.”


    Sandusky has had visitors to jail other than Dottie and his attorneys. For one, several former PSU football players (Amendola knows, but won’t identify them). Jail policies allow for a splitting of the one-hour visitor between two people, each getting half-hour.

  30. beejay says:

    Reading Karisa Maxwell’s twitter exchange, was it Phillip Constantino, then, who actually was on the receiving end of Sandusky’s promo at ComRadio? And should get “credit”?

    Karisa Maxwell ‏@KarisaMaxwell

    Let the nightmares commence: Jerry Sandusky’s prison statement

    * 1 Retweet
    * Dave Richards

    3:47 PM – 8 Oct 12 · Details
    8 Oct Jared Abbott Jared Abbott ‏@Jared_Abbott

    Get it right @KarisaMaxwell @psucomradio were the first to have and air the Jerry Sandusky Statement

    3:54 PM – 8 Oct 12 · Details
    8 Oct Karisa Maxwell Karisa Maxwell ‏@KarisaMaxwell

    @Jared_Abbott @PSUComRadio ummm excuse me? I don’t recall taking credit, I hit the tweet button. You can simmer down now.

    3:56 PM – 8 Oct 12 from State College, PA · Details
    8 Oct Philip Constantino Philip Constantino ‏@PhilConstantino

    @KarisaMaxwell @Jared_Abbott @PSUComRadio watch yourself Karisa. Give credit where credit is due.

    3:58 PM – 8 Oct 12 · Details
    8 Oct Karisa Maxwell Karisa Maxwell ‏@KarisaMaxwell

    @PhilConstantino @Jared_Abbott @PSUComRadio fix the link so it tags ComRadio in it then. I hit a fricken button #chill

    4:00 PM – 8 Oct 12 from State College, PA · Details
    8 Oct Philip Constantino Philip Constantino ‏@PhilConstantino

    @KarisaMaxwell @Jared_Abbott @PSUComRadio not our job. If your gonna report news than credit the source. That’s what all of us do.

    4:19 PM – 8 Oct 12 · Details
    8 Oct Karisa Maxwell Karisa Maxwell ‏@KarisaMaxwell

    @PhilConstantino I’m not reporting news, I’m posting a link. The entire sound bite makes it clear its comradio

    5:26 PM – 8 Oct 12 · Details
    8 Oct Karisa Maxwell Karisa Maxwell ‏@KarisaMaxwell

    To prevent people from having a conniption, let it be known that Penn State’s very own ComRadio was the first to air the Sandusky statement.


  31. beejay says:

    Eric Sion ‏@ericbsion

    @trabsmatt you should probably get that checked out

    6:08 AM – 10 Oct 12 · Details
    1h Matt Trabold Matt Trabold ‏@trabsmatt

    @ericbsion Yeah, I’m pretty concerned about my safety.
    View conversation Hide conversation

    6:20 AM – 10 Oct 12 · Details

    This was the actual reporter? or some other safety issue?


  32. Becky says:

    @Word Girl says:
    October 9, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.

    “And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.”

    This clinched it for me. If anyone ever had any doubt about his guilt, these 2 sentences confirm it.

  33. beejay says:

    Has anybody found a statement by Malcolm Moran on the work done by ComRadio wrt airing Sandusky’s sassy promo? I would expect him to be congratulating someone

  34. connie says:

    I would like to see J.S.’s vocal cords removed among other body parts. My prayers to the victims and their families. Lock him away and throw the key into the ocean.

  35. Word Girl says:

    A child abuse expert has a thoughtful article at cnn. His idea of publishing a training program for any/all youth organizations is a good one. Educating the parents is top of the list, as well.

    I always felt I was taking a risk when I left my children in someone’s care–teachers, coaches, family members, music teachers, camp leaders, even though I knew them all pretty well. My trust was temporary.

    May this tragedy at Penn State lead us all to be open to hearing a cry for help and to strengthen boundaries for protection of the Innocents

  36. beejay says:

    Will those letters of support written by Sandusky friends to Cleland before the sentencing ever become part of the public record? I’d like to know not just out of curiosity, but also to look at any patterns that might emerge wrt conspirators or enablers.

  37. Rose says:

    mightn’t the 3.5 minutes have been recorded by phone,Beejay?
    with a digital device? (McGettigan is so spot on.)

  38. Rose says:

    Sloan’s prelim postponed; no lawyer yet.

  39. T. Ruth says:

    JMO, and I’ve said this before, but Sandusky’s defense and trial were very quick and Amendola did a whole lot of strange things as a defense attorney, such as allowing the freaky interview on the tube. Gut feeling….Sandusky was prosecuted quickly in order to avoid others being prosecuted as well, *You got your guy, now move on*. All JMO, but there are bigger cockroaches hiding under the rug. Who knows, maybe ol’ Jer will start puking his guts out. Hope he is on suicide watch….or do I?

  40. Word Girl says:

    Sandusky letters reported by Ann O’Neill at CNN

    “Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN) — When all was said and done, Jerry and Dottie Sandusky did not ask the judge for mercy. They did not try to extol Jerry’s virtues, list good deeds or express regret. Instead, they depicted the boys he sexually assaulted as ungrateful and called them liars.

    They blamed the young men — including their own adopted son, Matt, who now claims he, too, was molested — for their downfall.

    In letters to the judge who would sentence the former coach, the Sanduskys portrayed themselves as virtuous victims of a vast conspiracy. They blamed powerful, image-conscious forces at Penn State University, lying cops, ambitious prosecutors and a scandal-hungry news media.”

    A legal commentator for CNN, BJ Bernstein says,”Between Jerry and Dottie’s vicious protestations of innocence,” Bernstein said, “all I can think is the victims — and in particular their son Matt — should shout back the lyrics from the Eric Clapton song, ‘Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself.’”

    Dorothy Sandusky’s letter was as predictable as the anger lines on her face. )

    Dottie Sandusky also wrote of her disappointment, saying she has lost faith in the police and the legal system. “To think that they can lie and get by with the lies. The press has been unbelievable. People who have not met us are writing untruths.”

    Dottie Sandusky’s letter is revealing because she has stood silently by her husband in court. She testified at his trial that she never heard or saw anything strange or sexual going on in the basement of their home, where many of the victims say her husband molested them.
    In her letter, she unloaded on her adopted son, Matt.

    “People need to know what kind of person he is,” she wrote. “We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family, thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies. He has been diagnose (sic) Bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine.”

    Dottie, we know what kind of person Matt Sandusky is:


    Dot doesn’t care about the victims. She only cares about her husbands (and thereby, her own) image. It’s clear “what kind of person” she is.
    She goes on to say about Matt:
    “…that her adopted son ‘has had many run-ins with the law and stolen money and items from our family. We still love him and want the best for him, but because of his actions we cannot express this to him.’ …”

    Jerry Sandusky:

    Hang him, swaggering rascal!
    2 Henry IV (2.4.66)

    I scorn you, scurvy companion.
    2 Henry IV (2.4.115)

    You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave.
    All’s Well that Ends Well (2.3.262)

    Away, you mouldy rogue, away!
    2 Henry IV (2.4.117)

    Dottie Sandusky: STFU.

  41. erose says:

    Dottie Sandusky lashes out at youngest son in letter

    At the risk of sounding unprofessional, this enabling battle-axe needs to stfu.

    At an absolute minimum, she turned a blind eye and ear, apparently, to the monsterous deeds of her husband for a zillion years.

    What she means to say is that her cushy little enclave is no longer cushy since Jerry’s accusers lifted the rock.

    Does this woman realize this is not yet over? Blink waves to Sassano.


  42. erose says:

    @Beejay, What about these two? I say that because there were not many people willing to stand up for Sandusky’s character in court, how many more could he find after the conviction? Probably the same people writing letters. JMO.

    Richard Anderson: A retired member of the PSU football coaching staff testified that Sandusky had a “good” reputation and was devoted to his charity, “The Second Mile,” and the boys involved. Anderson also testified that he had showered with boys at the YMCA but admitted on cross-examination that he never brought boys into the shower with him, instead “they were there.”

    Booker T. Brooks: Another former member of the PSU football coaching staff, Brooks testified that Sandusky had an “exemplary, top-notch” reputation. When asked whether he had ever showered with young kids after a workout, he said yes.

    Here is a link to the trial transcripts:

  43. beejay says:

    @rose: of course it could. I don’t think it was, but matters not to me the mechanics of how it was transferred.

    What matters to me, in several ways, is how Sandusky’s radio promo came to be aired at all, and how it came to be aired on a student radio station at PSU.

    Morally, it should never have happened. He had his day in court; he should not have been given an opportunity in the media. Cleland was in a position to reign him in, and warned his attys in advance that he was not to trash the victims or the justice system in open court. But some adult–not the college-age “adults”–aided and abetted him in getting media coverage. (His statements in court were somewhat different from his radio promo). It was wrong; it was hurtful; and the college students have not realized that they were used. They’re busy congratulating themselves for getting a “scoop”.

    I’m aware that this is not a popular view. I’m not alone in it, but the media has not chosen to publicize it.

  44. beejay says:

    Let me clarify. Sandusky has the goods on some people. He will not spill those now. Certainly not before he has pursued all his legal options for appeal. And maybe not even then, just out of spite. He is, emotionally and intellectually, a spiteful child. And a careful reading of his book and everything I’ve been able to find about him has lead me to that view.

    However, I believe that he is manipulating some of those whom he has the goods on. (The mechanics of how that is accomplished don’t really matter to me.) That’s why it’s important to find out who is now helping him. It is a lead.

    He is a career criminal, and he has knowledge of a number of other pedophiles who need to be arrested. The sooner the better. I’m so worried about the danger their victims are in right now. Because no pedophile wants to be imprisoned and they’re out there right now stewing in the knowledge that what happened to Sandusky could happen to them. And that’s why I can’t sleep anymore.

  45. beejay says:

    @Steve: thanks for that link. I read it. Here’s the distinction that I think the general public might be missing: “denial”, psychologically, is a defense mechanism that serves to hold the person together, so to speak. It is different from the lay term ‘denial’ which means lying about something. I don’t know about Armstrong, but I am certain that Jerry Sandusky is lying. He knows he abused those kids.

    He is not “in denial” in the psychological sense. He is simply denying his crimes. I hope no one gets confused about that. Prisons are full of people just like him, and they’re not “in denial” either. They just didn’t do it. Someone is out to get them, or doesn’t like them, or they got the wrong guy. Just like every ten-yr-old who didn’t break that window.

  46. beejay says:

    @erose says:
    October 11, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Yes’m and TY for remembering also; they’ve been on my list for a long time. But I believe there are others, more prominent/wealthy/powerful people whose names are not so obvious.

    It would help, however, to have the names of the former football players who visited him in jail (as Amendola mentioned, though would not name names. Someone connected to the jail will likely provide that info to someone. They usually do.) Just to know who visited. It makes them candidates, to me, as letter-writers. Visiting to review the content of their drafts of letters being prepared. Or, just to bring him cookies?

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