Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach convicted of abusing boys, will be sentenced Oct. 9, a judge ruled.
Sandusky will be sentenced after a hearing the same day to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator, Judge John M. Cleland in Bellefonte said today in a one-page order.
Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June of 45 criminal counts tied to the abuse of boys over a 15-year period. He faces a maximum of 20 years on each of the abuse counts, meaning he may spend the rest of his life in prison.
The case against Sandusky led to the firings of university President Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno, who headed the football program at Penn State for 46 years. Paterno died in January.
Prosecutors last week asked Cleland to designate Sandusky as a sexually violent predator. That status under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law applies to a person convicted of sexually violent crimes who, because of mental abnormality or personality disorder, presents a high risk of recidivism.
The designation requires lifetime registration, community notification and lifetime counseling, according to the state’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
During a two-week trial in June, prosecutors portrayed Sandusky as a serial child molester who used the Second Mile, the charity he founded, to recruit his victims, befriending them and “grooming” them with gifts and money. Some of Sandusky’s victims took the witness stand to recount their dealings with the coach, both at his home and on campus. Sandusky didn’t testify.
Two Penn State officials face a January trial over charges they lied to a grand jury about a 2001 allegation involving Sandusky and a boy in a football locker room shower. Timothy Curley, the athletic director at the time of the incident, and Gary Schultz, a former vice president in charge of campus police, are also charged with failing to report the incident to authorities.
Attorneys for Schultz today filed a request to sever the case and try each man separately so as to avoid the admission of a non-testifying codefendant’s confession in a joint trial.
Introduction of Curley’s grand jury testimony and statements will violate Schultz’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser should Curley choose not to testify, Thomas Farrell, an attorney for Schultz, said in papers filed in state court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).