Jerry Sandusky: Child Molester Or Not?

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To most children, everything in the world is good, righteous, and completely innocent. Getting their apple juice stolen by his or her brother is the worst thing that could possibly ever happen to them. Being safe, secure, and worry free is the reality for most children, as it should be. For 10 individuals that have made their childhood incidents open to the public, a very evil and twisted man stole the innocence that they once knew. This man is Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was known to most as a normal man who coached football at Pennsylvania State University, also known as “Penn State” (Bronstein). In the 23 years that Sandusky coached, he primarily served as defensive coordinator (Scott). In 1999, after his 23rd season, head coach Joe Paterno informed Sandusky that he would not become the next head coach of the Penn State football team (Scott). That single conversation led Sandusky to his retirement that same year (Grand Jury Report 16). Victim 4 later testified that this situation upset Sandusky greatly (Grand Jury Report 16).
Jerry Sandusky first met his victims through The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk children (Johnson). This charity was started as a group home in 1977 by Sandusky himself, but turned into an organization that stretched across all of central Pennsylvania (Grand Jury Report 1). While the Second Mile program served over 100,000 children, it’s net worth exploded to over $9 million (Roebuck). This program gave Sandusky easy access to small boys and plenty of them through summer camps, picnics, and chances for the boys to attend football games with him (Johnson). Sandusky would first start casual conversation with the boys before inviting them to Penn State football games or other miscellaneous outings (Johnson). Obviously the events escalated from the casual conversation to the sexual abuses that ten people have now claimed to take place. The Second Mile program was just a stepping-stone in the deeper, secret plans of a twisted man. Penn State’s assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has committed many unthinkable crimes with young boys in the last 20 years through the Second Mile program. If convicted, Sandusky will deservedly face the full effect of the law and will hopefully no longer be a threat to young children, but instead be in prison.
In the beginning of this terrible situation, there were eight men who came out to testify against Sandusky in the Grand Jury Report that was released on November 5, 2011 (Grand Jury Report). The report outlined eight victims with very similar stories of what happened to them. At one point they had been a part of the Second Mile Program; they also spent much time with Sandusky, including staying overnight before attending Penn State football games (Grand Jury Report). After the grand jury report coming out, Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexual assault related charges, but was released from jail on $100,000 bail (Bronstein). One man, known as “John Doe A.” told reporters in a...

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