The former Penn State defensive coordinator at the center of a sex-abuse scandal that claimed the job of the university’s president and head football coach, potentially faces 460 years in jail if convicted of all charges, MyFoxPhilly.com first reported.
Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach accused of sexually abusing or molesting eight underage victims, faces 40 offenses that, in total, add up to 460 years in jail if convicted and hit with the maximum sentence, the station reported, citing a criminal complaint filed last Friday.
Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period through a charity he founded for at-risk youth.
Penn State has been rocked by the growing child sex-abuse scandal that Wednesday night claimed legendary football coach Joe Paterno. The school attempted to move forward Thursday, introducing its interim head football coach but leaving key questions unanswered over who knew about the alleged abuse and why it was allowed to continue.
The school’s Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business, have also been charged with perjury in connection with their testimony before a grand jury considering the evidence against Sandusky. They failed to notify authorities about the abuse, prosecutors said. Curley and Schultz have maintained their innocence.
Sandusky’s top charges include six felonies for deviate sexual intercourse, which could potentially carry a 240-year sentence, the report said. Sandusky also faces four counts of Unlawful Contact with a Minor, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years, the report said.
In all, Sandusky faces 375 years in maximum sentences on 20 felony charges and the potential remaining time would be from misdemeanors, the report said.