Report terms Sandusky a sex predator

Posted: September 01, 2012

HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been recommended for designation as a sexually violent predator, a legal status that would require lifetime registration with authorities, according to a person who has read an assessment board's report to a judge in the case.

The recommendation from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board was disclosed to the Associated Press on Thursday by the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the report's confidential nature.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He remains jailed, awaiting sentencing and maintains his innocence.

Sandusky, given his age and the serious nature of the crimes of which he was convicted, is likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life. No sentencing date has been announced.

Pennsylvania law designates certain offenders as sexually violent predators if they are considered to have mental abnormalities or personality disorders that make them likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.

If prosecutors pursue the sexually violent predator status and Sandusky opposes it, Judge John Cleland will decide whether it is merited.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office declined to comment Thursday, and Sandusky defense attorney Joseph Amendola did not return phone or e-mail messages seeking comment.

Sexual Offenders Assessment Board spokesman Leo Dunn said the board does not comment on any case, but he noted it had never failed to complete an assessment within 90 days, as required. The judge ordered Sandusky's evaluation on June 22, shortly after the jury verdict.

Dunn said such evaluations are assigned to an investigator who then reports his or her findings to a board member. The board member produces an evaluation, which includes a recommendation.

Eight young men testified against Sandusky, describing a range of abuse that went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex, and rape when they were boys and included acts that occurred in Penn State team showers.

Prosecutors said Sandusky used his status as a Penn State football icon and the charity for youth he founded to attract victims.

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