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Sandusky to be sentenced for child sexual abuse Oct. 9

February 17. 2013 1:34AM

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There's little doubt that Jerry Sandusky faces a long prison sentence. In a few weeks, he'll find out how just how long.

A judge announced Monday he will sentence Sandusky on Oct. 9, nearly four months after the retired assistant football coach was convicted in the child molestation scandal that brought shame to Penn State.

Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of sex abuse involving 10 boys. Prosecutors said some of the assaults took place on the Penn State campus.

Given his age and the serious nature of the crimes, Sandusky is likely to receive a sentence that will keep the 68-year-old in prison for life. He is jailed pending sentencing and maintains his innocence.

Judge John Cleland scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. at the courthouse in Bellefonte to determine if Sandusky should be classified as a sexually violent predator, a designation that subjects a convict to intense reporting requirements upon release. A decision is expected to have little practical effect since he stands to die in prison.

Sandusky will be sentenced immediately afterward.

Tom Kline, a lawyer representing a young man who testified during Sandusky's trial that he was fondled in a school shower in 2001, said Monday he expects his client either to testify at the sentencing hearing or supply a statement to the court.

Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman in the Attorney General's Office, said prosecutors will make a sentencing recommendation to the judge.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.

Meanwhile, defense lawyers for two former Penn State administrators asked a Dauphin County judge on Monday to split the criminal cases against former athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz.

They are charged with failing to report suspected child abuse and lying to a grand jury. They have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set for January.

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