Sandusky the day after, people ready to move on

June 23, 2012 10:10:13 PM PDT
Friday night's guilty verdict in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial is still on the minds of people all over the state of Pennsylvania the day after.

Sandusky is currently under suicide watch in the county jail, and could very likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Defense lawyers say an appeal is certain. But many people say Sandusky got what he deserved, and some are ready to move on.

"What he did was wrong. They found him guilty, and that's the proper verdict," said Fred Benincasa.

People at the Mayfair Diner all agree with the jury that convicted former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky on 45 charges of child sex abuse.

"I think he got what he deserved," said Donald Shannon.

"I followed it enough to know the man's not innocent," said Joe Flynn.

Sue Harley, a grandmother of 3 year old Elizabeth also agrees with the verdict and says she cannot fathom these horrific crimes against children.

"A child is to be protected and nurtured and to grow to be healthy. Mental and physical abuse is the worst, because it will stay with them the rest of their lives," said Harley.

After the ruling came down Friday night, 68-year-old Sandusky was handcuffed and escorted to prison; a rock bottom finish for the man once seen as Joe Paterno's successor.

"I think it's sad that someone in such a position of authority that had been so well respected for so many years, ends like this," Debbie Shannon said.

Child abuse expert Dr. Sue Cornbluth says Sandusky was a pedophile who manipulated victim after victim, and thought his powerful status as a successful college football coach would have protected him from trouble.

"They would call this a grandiose delusion that he believes he's bigger than life itself, and that whatever he does, he will not get caught," Dr. Cornbluth said.

Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced in about 90 days, but based on the mandatory minimums from the charges he was convicted of, Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars.