Presentencing investigation underway for Jerry Sandusky

State College - Centre Daily TimesJune 28, 2012 

— Centre County Office of Probation workers soon will begin putting together Jerry Sandusky’s presentence investigation, a report that will aid the judge in sentencing the former Penn State defensive coach.

Thomas Young, the office’s director, said the report will include information on the range of prison time that each count carries, charging documents such as the grand jury’s presentment, any restitution owed, any psychological or psychiatric reports, Sandusky’s version of events if he chooses to offer one, and statements from the victims if they choose to offer them.

The office has 90 days to compile the presentence investigation report.

Sandusky’s sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet, but according to the rules of criminal court procedure, it should come within 90 days of a conviction.

Sandusky was convicted Friday on 45 counts of abuse. His bail was revoked and he’s awaiting sentencing in the Centre County Correctional Facility.

Given Sandusky’s age — 68 — and the number of counts, he is likely to spend the rest of his life in a state prison.

His attorneys have indicated they plan to appeal the conviction on the grounds of not having enough time to prepare for trial.

The presentence investigation file will be confidential but available to Sandusky through his attorneys.

It’s too soon to say if the prosecution will have the victims speak at the sentencing hearing, said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.

But one civil attorney said he expects the young men who testified against Sandusky in graphic detail two weeks ago to be back for when Sandusky receives his fate.

“I expect to see a majority of the young men who testified at trial present again at sentencing,” said Tom Kline, the Philadelphia attorney representing a 23-year-old man known as victim 5.

“The commitment of the victims has been exemplar. I expect my client to participate in the sentencing phase.”

Sandusky was also ordered to be evaluated by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he’s a sexually violent predator.

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