Pennsylvania’s most infamous child molester will be resentenced for sex crimes against 10 central Pennsylvania boys next month.
Judge Maureen Skerda, a Warren County jurist specially-appointed to handle this phase of the Jerry Sandusky case by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has scheduled imposition of sentence for Nov. 8 at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
Skerda also cut an order clearing the way for Sandusky’s temporary transfer from the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands to Centre County Prison “at a date to allow suficient time for him to appear in court.”
Sandusky, now 75, was initially sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison for his 2012 convictions on sex crimes committed against 10 different former clients of his longtime youth charity, The Second Mile, between 1994 and 2008. That was overturned on appeal in February based on a subsequent Supreme Court ruling that invalidated many of the mandatory minimum sentences that the original sentence was built upon.
The high court did uphold all of Sandusky’s convictions, however, setting the stage for recalculation of his punishment.
Because the permissible sentences under state law haven’t changed, it is possible that Sandusky’s overall term will be largely unchanged.
Sandusky has steadfastly maintained his innocence since abuse allegations started to mount against him a decade ago, but Penn State – his longtime employer – has paid civil settlements in excess of $100 million to more than 30 self-identified abuse victims dating back to the 1970s.