Ex-Penn State Coach Sandusky to Appeal Sex Abuse Conviction

Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach found guilty of sexually abusing boys, filed a notice with an intermediate state court saying he will appeal his conviction.

Joseph Amendola, an attorney for Sandusky, filed the notice with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, one of two statewide intermediate appellate courts. The filing follows the trial judge’s rejection of Sandusky’s request to vacate the conviction or alter his sentence.

Sandusky, 69, was found guilty in June of 45 counts of abusing boys over a 15-year period. He was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and is serving time in a maximum-security facility in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Lawyers for the former coach didn’t detail the grounds for appeal in the documents. They argued in a Jan. 10 hearing before Judge John Cleland that Sandusky had insufficient time to prepare a defense and that prosecutors didn’t produce enough evidence to support the charges against him. Cleland rejected those arguments in a Jan. 30 written decision.

The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-CR-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).

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