Sandusky headed to prison, but scandal persists

By Michael Rubinkam

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 12:51 a.m. MDT

Gayle Barnes, left, and Joshua Harper, jurors in Jerry Sandusky's trial, speak with members of the media outside the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

Matt Rourke, Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away.

The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday 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.

Victims now face a lifetime of healing. Penn State is laboring under severe NCAA penalties, and at least four civil lawsuits have been filed against the university, with more likely to come.

If Sandusky felt any remorse or pity for anyone but himself, he didn't show it at his sentencing. Instead, he denied hurting any children and cast himself as the victim.

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