Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach, is being held in protective custody on suicide watch after a jury convicted him Friday for sexually abusing underage boys over many years.
ABC News reports that Defense attorney Karl Rominger, told CNN that Sandusky is being held on suicide watch, in protective custody.
According to ABC News, after the jury foreman read 45 "guilty" verdicts aloud, Judge Cleland revoked bail and sent Sandusky to county jail where he would be evaluated by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board for a pre-sentencing report. ABC News reports the evaluation will take into account his psychological and physical health.
Sandusky is now at the Center County Correctional Facility where the other prisoners are reported to have previously harassed him.
According to The Daily, the last time he was at the facility, Sandusky was held alone in a special section reserved for sexual offenders and people with psychiatric conditions. Sandusky was sent to the facility after a grand jury voted to add additional counts to the allegations first filed against him in November. The allegations were that Sandusky as Penn State football coach forced underage boys to have sex with him and raped some of them on University grounds.
The Daily reports that one of the jurors, Joshua Harper, said they were unable to convict Sandusky of one of the the key charges against him. The charge was an offense related to victim 2, a pre-adolescent whom Sandusky allegedly raped in a locker-room shower.
According to the The Daily, the mandatory minimum sentence for his offense will keep him in jail for the rest of his life. Sports Grid reports he is facing a minimum of 60 years in prison.
According to an inmate who was at the Center County Correctional Facility last winter, when Sandusky was first held in jail other prisoners could see him but had no direct contact with him. The former inmate said that when the lights went out, the inmates would serenade Sandusky with a line from Pink Floyd's "The Wall," that says: “At night, we were singing ‘Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone.’ ”
The inmate named Josh, said everyone at the correctional facility knew who Sandusky was because they had access to television and newspapers.
Sports Grid raises questions about Sandusky's future life in prison. Indications from his initial taste of prison life surely forebode evil. Sport Grids reports information that it gathered about prison life for sex offenders and child molesters:
Slate: “In the social hierarchy of prison inmates, mob kingpins, accomplished bank robbers, and cop killers tend to get the most respect. Convicts who have committed crimes against children, especially sexual abuse, are hated, harassed, and abused. Many inmates refer to molesters as 'dirty' prisoners, and some insist that assaulting or killing them represents a service to society.”
NY Times: “Victimizers become vulnerable in prison, none perhaps so much as child molesters. In the hyper-macho world of a maximum-security prison, ‘baby rapers,’ as they’re called, are a common target of violence and frequently seek the sanctuary of protective custody.”
ABC News: "Child sex offenders are at risk of being murdered, having their food taken, having their cells defecated and urinated in. Their life is truly a living hell.”
Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, told CNN that his client will be held in protective custody until sentencing expected within 90 days. He will be held at the county jail for about 90 days until he is sentenced, after which he will likely spend the rest of his life in a state prison in Pennsylvania.
According to ABC News, Sandusky still faces more charges brought by accusers who were not included in the original case. They include his adopted son Matthew, who said after the end of the prosecution's case last week that he would testify on the state's behalf. According to his attorneys, he claims to have been a victim of his adoptive father's abuse.
Sandusky's lawyers have repeatedly claimed that they did not have enough time to prepare his defense.