Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seen in this booking photo from the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Photo : Reuters)
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is scheduled for a hearing on October 9th to determine whether he will be considered a "sexually violent predator."
A sentencing conference will be held on October 8th before the hearing goes down the next day at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, MD.
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Charges were brought against Sandusky in November 2011 for abusing a number of boys through his "Second Mile" charity for at-risk youth. The instances of abuse ranged from fondling to anal and oral sex. He also raped one of his victims in the football shower room at Penn State.
The former coach was convicted this past June of 45 counts of child molestation. According to Sandusky's lawyers, although he was convicted of assaulting 10 boys, the number could actually be as high as 20. As of now, at least three of the victims are suing Penn State.
In regards to the hearing on October 9th, Judge John Cleland will be deciding if Sandusky is to be designated a sexually violent predator. If so, Sandusky will be subject to rigorous reporting requirements if released on parole. Additionally, under Megan's Law in Pennsylvania, individuals who receive this designation must register their address and place of employment with police upon their release from prison.
Post-prison release issues won't likely apply in Sandusky's case, as the 68-year-old faces up to 373 years in prison for sexually abusing so many young men over a 15-year period. Reason dictates that Sandusky will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.
ESPN says that Judge Cleland has ordered defense attorneys and prosecutors to submit written statements "intended to aid the court in the imposition of sentence" by October 5th.
Joe Amendola, Sandusky's attorney, has said that he plans to appeal Sandusky's convictions after sentencing because he claims he wasn't given enoough time to properly prepare his case, Reuters reports.