Update regarding Sandusky, PENNState USA Football coach.
KNOW THIS FACE! What does your childs coach look like?
( Been folowing the trial? The Verdict came down yesterday)
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away.
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Victims face a lifetime of healing. Penn State is laboring under severe NCAA penalties. And at least four civil lawsuits have been filed against a university shamed by scandal, with more likely to come.
If Sandusky felt any remorse or pity for anyone but himself, he didn’t show it at his sentencing Tuesday. Instead, speaking in court for the first time since his arrest last November, the former Penn State assistant football coach delivered a disjointed and defiant monologue in which he denied committing “disgusting acts” against children and cast himself as the victim.
Sitting behind him were the actual victims – the young men who testified that Sandusky serially molested them when they were children, using his position of influence and authority to gain their trust and then violate their innocence.
“I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory,” said a victim who was 13 when Sandusky lured him into a Penn State shower and forced him to touch the ex-coach. Another victim told Sandusky he suffered from “deep painful wounds that you caused and had been buried in the garden of my heart for many years.”
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys, a scandal that brought disgrace to Penn State and triggered the downfall of his former boss, Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
While the criminal case against Sandusky is over, the fallout will persist. With Penn State facing enormous civil liability, the university has said it wants to “privately, expeditiously and fairly” settle with Sandusky’s victims.
Ben Andreozzi, an attorney for one of them, said Tuesday the university will need to do more: “It’s important they understand before we get into serious discussions about money, that there are other, noneconomic issues. We need apologies. We need changes in policy. This isn’t just about money.”
An investigation commissioned by Penn State and led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno and other top officials covered up allegations against Sandusky for more than a decade to avoid bad publicity.
After the report came out last summer, the NCAA fined Penn State a record $60 million, barred the football team from postseason play for four years, cut the number of scholarships it can award, and erased 14 years of victories for Paterno, stripping him of his standing as the winningest coach in the history of big-time college football.
Two university administrators, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, are awaiting trial in January on charges they failed to properly report suspicions about Sandusky and lied to the grand jury that investigated him.
Given the chance to speak before learning his sentence, Sandusky chose to focus on himself.
“In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts,” he said.
He described instances in which he helped children and did good works in the community, adding: “I’ve forgiven, I’ve been forgiven. I’ve comforted others, I’ve been comforted. I’ve been kissed by dogs, I’ve been bit by dogs. I’ve conformed, I’ve also been different. I’ve been me. I’ve been loved, I’ve been hated.”
About the only thing that didn’t come out of his mouth was an apology. Mental health professionals say it’s not unusual for sex offenders to avoid taking responsibility, either in a bid to get out of legal trouble or because they’re in psychological denial. Prosecutor Joe McGettigan dismissed Sandusky’s comments as “a masterpiece of banal self-delusion, completely untethered from reality.”
Sandusky had easy access to children through The Second Mile, the charity for troubled youths he founded in the 1970s. One question left unanswered is how many more possible victims have come forward since Sandusky’s arrest last November – and how many have kept quiet.
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.
With Sandusky’s lawyers preparing an appeal of his conviction and sentence, it might be wise for prosecutors to line up additional alleged victims – but only if they are willing to go through a high-profile trial, said Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
“This case looks like it’s over as of today, but you never know where things will take a turn,” she said.
Associated Press writers Genaro C. Armas in Bellefonte and Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia contributed to this story
Jerry Sandusky was involved in a tri-state child porn ring and helped a now deceased youth football school coach arrange to have sex with a child prostitute, according to a newly released email.
Sandusky is expected to spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of 45 counts of sex abuse.
The New York Daily News reports that on Monday, Greg Bucceroni, a self-described former child prostitute, sent an email to officials at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.
In the message, Bucceroni said he was associated with a child sex ring that included Sandusky and former Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta. The email said that, in 1979, Bucceroni was originally expected to have sex with Sandusky, but, because of time constraints, he was introduced to Foglietta instead.
Foglietta was introduced to us as Coach Phil who coached youth football in NYC. Foglietta agreed to pay $200.00 for child sex and followed us back to a Philadelphia hotel, myself (sic)ad another child prostitute then engaged coach Phil in child sex.”
Twelve alumni of Poly Prep have filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming they were raped and abused by Foglietta, the Wall Street Journal reports. The suit claims school officials knew about Foglietta’s crimes and covered them up, “continuing to publicly celebrate Mr. Foglietta as an upstanding member of the school.”
It’s unclear whether the suspected child porn ring being investigated by the feds is the same as the one mentioned by Bucceroni.
Although this particular news story is hardly something we could call credible it brings an awful feeling to this blogs gut. Even just thinking that this is a possibility is too much. The threats that children are faced with everyday when we consider them safe are more than worrisome.
This news today is a reminder that we must we have no choice but to vet anyone your child is with. Even that could not be enough. Look at Sandusky, any one of us could have let our child go with him, God Forbid. And someone like Coach Joe Paterno who was seen as a God in Penn state WE thought was a uquestinable credible resource. If we questioned whether Sandusky was safe we would believe the COACH, right? I hear a collective scream of NO! But the COACH is GOD in that community, why not trust his opinion?
kThis is what we must, we have to keep in mind when our children our out of sight. It takes work to check everyone out.But no one said parenting was easy, nor did they say loving someone is always easy. It’s a thing we would rather not think about. Definitely do not want to upset our children by discussing with them this issue. But we must -We Havr To.
Do you have a safe word in your family? This is maybe the easiest preventive tool a family could use. A safa word is one that you all know is the CODE word. Bit NO ONE ELSE knows it. You know the story, someone comes to say your child’s school,. maybe even an officer of the law, dressed like one. They say that you the parent have been in an accident and that the chid need to go with. Really? This is when your child does not budge until that CODE word is expressed by the officer. Simplle,
Today remember this story about Sandusky, Vet anyone your child is iin contact with, and please create that Safe Code Word. Protect our precious assets.
- BREAKING NEWS: Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years (dailyitem.com)
- Penn State’s Sandusky gets 30-60 years prison for child abuse (reuters.com)
- Jerry Sandusky Is Sentenced This Morning (bonjupatten.com)
- Jerry Sandusky to serve minimum 30 years for sex abuse (cbc.ca)