The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced on Oct. 9 to 30-60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 young boys over 15 years.
Jerry was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 young boys over a 15-year period, and met many of his victims through The Second Mile, a charity for Pennsylvania underprivileged and at-risk youth, which he founded in 1977. It closed in 2011 in the wake of the sex abuse allegations.
Jerry also served as assistant football coach at Penn State University under head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in November 2011 for his alleged involvement in concealing Jerry’s sexual misconduct and failing to report him to authorities.
“I didn’t do these alleged disgusting acts,” Jerry said in a statement before Judge John Cleland imposed his sentence. “I speak today with hope in my heart for a brighter day…this is the worst loss of my life.”
“The tragedy of this crime is that it’s a story of betrayal,” Judge Cleland said in court. “The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of ten children… It is the ultimate tragedy. You concealed vices that led to your downfall.”
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