Jerry Sandusky, the one-time defensive co-ordinator of Penn State football, was sentenced to 30-60 years for sexually abusing children for many years by a Pennsylvania judge. To that I say good riddance.
Sandusky, in his ignorance and arrogance still proclaimed innocence, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary and public backlash, against the once respected former assistant coach.
The United States, and the state of Pennsylvania got this one right, making sure the 68-year-old Sandusky, will never see the light of day again. If anything he got off lightly. If there were true justice, Sandusky would have been castrated for these heinous crimes.
The lesser crime is Sandusky ruined the legacy of former head coach, the late Joe Paterno and the program that Joe Pa built, in Happy Valley. The worse crime is that the lives of several young boys have been damaged, and they may never recover from these atrocities that they endured from a man in a position of power and trust.
Which begs the question. Why hasn’t my Canadian government put in tougher sentences for sex offenders? Why is it former junior hockey coach Graham James got a mere slap on the wrist, for sexually abusing underage hockey players, while he was coaching the Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League? Why is it that former NHLers Sheldon Kennedy and Theoren Fleury were afraid to speak out against the coach that manipulated and tortured them in their teenage years?
If the Canadian government can learn any lessons from our neighbours to the south, they will apply much harsher sentences and longer prison terms for sexual predators. It is time for the Canadian government to put the fear of God into predators instead of predators putting fear into children.
As for Sandusky, I hope he has a very warm welcome by the hardened criminals in the prison that he’s heading too. He will be very popular inside the prison walls I believe and perhaps the hardest of the hard criminals may show Sandusky how his victims feel.
As for Penn State, that the football program continues to exist despite these horrific incidents, means I can never cheer for Penn State ever again.
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