Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges

Justice was served Friday evening when the jury came back in the case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicting the long-time defensive coordinator of 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse of children, many of whom were in his care through his Second Mile Foundation. Ostensibly, the foundation was to provide opportunities for at-risk boys to overcome life’s obstacles. Instead, Sandusky used it for his own depraved purposes. Not even the Master of Horror himself, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, could’ve scripted a scarier plot!

The man practically admitted to his crimes in an exceedingly creepy interview with NBC’s Bob Costas.

According to the Associated Press:

Eight young men testified in a central Pennsylvania courtroom about a range of abuse, from kissing and massages to groping, oral sex and anal rape. For two other alleged victims, prosecutors relied on testimony from a university janitor and then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, whose account of a sexual encounter between Sandusky and a boy of about 10 ultimately led to the Paterno’s dismissal and the university president’s ouster.

The trial judge, considering the severity of the conviction, revoked Sandusky’s bail and ordered him to the county jail to await sentencing. The crowd outside the courthouse cheered as the former coach was led in handcuffs to await his fate.

It should be about a three-month wait until Sandusky learns his time to be served. However, of the 45 convictions, 17 were felonies that carry a 20-year sentence each. It’s not too hard to imagine that the 68-year-old will spend his last years behind bars.

That’s not to say it’s all over now. There’s a civil trial certain to come down the pike. And let’s not forget the cover-up of Sandusky’s actions that led from the football program to the athletics department, to the Penn State administration and to university police. Nothing this heinous happens as long as it did without a coordinated effort to hide it.

Per The New York Times, “The verdict against Sandusky will not bring an end to Penn State’s problems or reckonings. Lawsuits loom. At least two formal investigations, including one by a former director of the F.B.I. at the behest of the university’s board of trustees, are still under way.”

The conviction of this Creepy Clown isn’t the end. No, it’s not over for the boys affected — boys who are now men, who will have to deal with the effect of the abuse for the rest of their lives. And it’s not over for the people who considered the aura of Penn State more important than keeping children safe. But, you have to start somewhere.

And this is a good first step.



by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.

With Wes Wolfe. He wrote for 11 newspapers in five states and is the marketing coordinator for ACEC Virginia.


21 thoughts on “Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges

  1. John on said:

    The service of justice is just starting. Sandusky should not serve his time in a country club atmosphere but a general population atmosphere. His foundation that was the cover to supply children for him to abuse should be closed and the funds should go to the parties that were damaged. The next step will be to investigate and bring trial all that looked the other way as well as the university officials that allowed this pervert to have office space and free use of the facilities to do as he wished. And what of his wife that looked the other way while children were raped in her basement not to mention the children that were raised and raped in their home. Shame on her as well. Of course Joe Paterno is in the grave and he was a great coach but a person that put his money in the foundation that Sandusky set up. Joe looked the other way as well, why else would he have been asked Sandusky to step down but yet give him office space… was there an event that lead up to this removal? This is yet to be brought to light and will in time I suspect. Lots of blame to go around especially with the little squealer that was promoted for his silence McQueary. Shame shame on them all.

    • Roby on said:

      Joe Paterno…went down for no reason……..I think we know that….NO FAULT. But it is unfortunate……..

      • John on said:

        No Fault my butt. If you were an employer and you had another employee that came to you and reported that one of your staff was having sex with a underage child on premises you would not just say “go tell security” you would do more and follow up on that this person was removed from your area and never return. Paterno knew, he was told, he failed to act because he had more regard for his partner in the non-profit than the had for a underage child that was sexually molested by this monster. He also promoted the person that reported this incident.. people can say what they wish but it is corruption and cover up 101. Penn State fans will always support paterno regardless of his involvement but his participation in this or his looking the other way in and will always be inexcusable.

        • cromeradmin on said:

          I kno, rite? And McQueerey’s righteous indignation on the stAnd really chapped me as well. Its like he was almost working out his guilt issues for not doing a helluva lot more at the time. ( which, by the way WHY didnt he?!?)

  2. Donna on said:

    Succinct, precise and true, Bubba. How many more victims are there who did not come forward and who never will be able to bring themselves to? Isn’t that understandable? And pending civil suits aside, a special credit must go to the victims who did testify. Their lives will never be the same, and haven’t been normal since the Sandusky sexual assaults. I wish for them each healing, recovery and hope. Had these verdicts not been handed down, I would have been extraordinarily disappointed. Penn State, those who knew, and all that….that will be dealt with in good time. But, this was the most important component. Thanks for posting this one Bubba.

  3. Polly Thompson on said:

    I am so very glad that the jury did the right thing, despite the many ties to the U. Frankly, he is fortunate to be alive. As someone who enjoys working with children (appropriately), I am sickened that he would take adbantage of his position of trust so disgustingly. While I don’t wish him death, I don’t believe in the death penalty. I wish him much suffering, and a long life.

  4. Donna on said:

    As an aside, I tend to agree with the experts who say that persons such as Sandusky can’t be rehabilitated.

  5. Robyn on said:

    Gotta say…..NO rehabilitation, it’s proven no can do….at this lwvel..u sick..u sick. It is horrible that clergy…sports guys or whatever u decided 2 do to get your prey… sick. Sandusky is creepy..he ruined youg men’s lives…and then to adopt to get your prey is sick even more…..he will get is dues! And…sorry i don’t believe his wife at all….she knew something…..! Prison is prefect for him…!!!

  6. Roger Marsh on said:

    Thanks for the overview – it’s a sad day here in Pennsylvania – I’m just glad the trial media circus is over and this monster is officially behind bars.

  7. Lib on said:

    What a beautiful Saturday morning. Could not stay up to watch the game or the jurys verdict, but the morning paper was full of wonderful news. The Gamecocks are once again in the CWS finals and the jury convicted the worst child molester of all time. Welcome to State Pen, Sandusky. You enjoyed using little boys all your life, and now you will be available to all the 300 pound convicts to use you. What a poignant way to spend the rest of your life.

  8. Heyward on said:

    It is so sad that the beloved Joe P was drug down by all of this and probably died as a result of the stress. His family and friends are victims as well.

  9. Buford Pusser on said:

    Unfortunately, the turd doesn’t fall too far from the tree in State College. Reading some of the background info I am even more disgusted, well not Sandusky level but close, at the cover up on campus. BOT members moved around to lower/higher profile jobs so as to remain in the circle. JoPa not doing enough as he so eloquently put it, yeah okay.

    It’s time for that entire community to force everyone out right now or the blood will be on their hands. The Feds are coming, a full blown investigation is happening. It’s about time. No more media hounds.

    I would hope Jerry is allowed to congregate some with general population. It won’t take long.

  10. Pat Chisum on said:

    Penn State by the Numbers:
    409 – Career victories by Joe Pa
    442 – Years is the max sentence Sandusky is facing,
    43 – Bowl appearances by Penn State all time
    45 – Counts Sandusky was convicted of

    In my humble opinion, this whole fiasco was made worse by Penn State fans. There is nothing worse to a fan base that feels a sense of undeserved entitlement, and that is what Penn State fans are.

  11. carolynCAROLYN on said:


  12. Cynthia Gilliam on said:

    I imagine that “justice” will be served on a daily basis once Sandusky reaches the big house. Convicts abhor child molesters and this will be one that deserves whatever he gets.

  13. Paul Abrams on said:

    Justice will be served many times when the other Bubba has his way with this animal. There’s a special place in hell for this man, devils speed.

  14. Barbara on said:

    This is a sad situation for all the innocent victims involved and their families. As for as Paterno, he is just as guilty as Sandusky because he didn’t do anything to try and stop it.. There is too much child abuse going because of crap like this, turn your head and ignore it. If Sandusky”s wife knew this was going on then she should be held accountable also. Child abuse is a thorn in my side I don’t care who you are.

    • cromeradmin on said:

      Is there any way ANYONE can tell me that Mrs. Sandusky is not at least partially to blame. I am REALLY being generous here. I think her BLIND EYE and WEAKNESS caused this abhorrent molestation to continue YEARS AND YEARS longer than necessary! And she TESTIFIED to his CHARACTER?!?

      • John on said:

        Recently there was a case where a wife purchased liquor and gave it to the sitter which the husband was abusing, and both of them will serve some time. Sandusky’s wife looking the other way knowing his urges only gave him consent to do what he did for years, otherwise they would have divorced. Staying together can be interpreted at consent and acceptance. She should be seen as an accessory to these crimes. Reading the recent revelations of the adopted son means this was a common everyday thing under their roof. You have to know this is going on, you just have to.

        • cromeradmin on said:

          THANK YOU!

  15. Vicki on said:

    Sandusky will never be allowed in the general population because he won’t survive. The prison hierarchy doesn’t tolerate child molesters – hey, even they have morals. Much as Penn State loves Joe Paterno, he did look the other way and his silence was criminal. Mrs. Sandusky will never convince any of us that she didn’t know something was going on. If your husband is sleeping with boys downstairs, get up and check it out, for god’s sake! Too many people failed these children. I hope they can begin now to regain their lives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>