Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is back in the news. As you may recall, he is serving a 30-60 year sentence after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual assault spanning several years while he was working at Penn State.
I covered Sandusky’s trial in Bellefonte, PA. Here are a few photos from that June 2012 trial taken by me (except for the last one where I appear with CNN and In Session folks) outside the courthouse as we awaited the verdict. Lots of journalists were crammed onto the front lawn.
Sandusky is now claiming misconduct on the part of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and the judge overseeing the grand jury investigation in 2011 and 2012. Yesterday, the trial judge ordered a hearing for May 20. You can read the one-page order here granting the hearing. Sandusky is trying to get a new trial or at least have some of the counts thrown out. If the latter, perhaps it would affect his sentence.
I interviewed Sandusky’s adopted son, Matthew, today about the abuse he says he suffered as a teen by Jerry Sandusky. Matthew is the author of Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse. He also operates the Peaceful Hearts Foundation to increase awareness and offer advice to child sexual abuse survivors. You can listen to Matthew’s enlightening remarks on the podcast page.