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Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years in jail on child sex abuse charges (+video)

The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday after maintaining his innocence and the court hearing from some of his victims.

Lawyers on both sides in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial react to Sandusky's courtroom statements Tuesday before being sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.
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Serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Tuesday for abusing young, at-risk boys for more than a decade.

The sentence by Judge John Cleland in Centre County Court could put the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator in prison for the rest of his life.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team's showers on campus. "Your crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but your assault on their psyche and their souls," the judge told him. "The tragedy of this story is it is a story of betrayal. Some of your victims had a genuine affection for you.

"It is precisely that ability to conceal those vices from yourself and everyone else that in my view makes you dangerous," he said.

But the judge added: "I am not going to sentence you to centuries in prison even though the law allows me to do that."


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