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Professors Weigh In on Sandusky Sentence in News Media

October 10, 2012

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually molesting children during his tenure at the university.  Associate Dean Daniel Filler and Professor Barry Furrow commented on the sentence in the news media. 

Filler, who had been anticipating a sentence responsive to public outrage over Sandusky's crimes, told that, considering Sandusky was convicted of deviant sexual intercourse, an "old-fashioned term" for rape, the minimum 30-year sentence imposed might be considered lenient.  However, Filler added that it is likely Sandusky will never see the light of day again in his natural life.  “If Sandusky lives to age 98, he won’t necessarily get parole even after 30 years,” Filler said.

Although Sandusky's sentence concludes his criminal trial, some expect civil litigation against Sandusky and Penn State to continue some time into the future.  As Furrow explained to USA Today, civil litigations from the scandal could take years.  It is unlikely that civil litigations will end in a mass settlement, Furrow added.