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Jerry Sandusky Convicted: VIDEO


After two days of jury deliberation, former Nittany Lions defensive coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted late last night on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. He faces up to 442 years in prison. From CNN:

Sandusky stood slightly hunched, looking down with his hand in his pocket but showing no visible emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out in court. His wife, Dottie, blinked back tears.

Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky's bail and ordered his arrest. Video showed him leaving the courthouse in handcuffs and heading into a police car destined for the Centre County jail. He didn't say anything as reporters asked if he had anything to say to the victims before he ducked into the back seat.

Hear Anderson Cooper discussing the verdict with New Yorker legal writer Jeffrey Toobin, AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Doh! It just clicked with me. "Rick" is 'Rick Santorum'.

    Posted by: Sanscrotum | Jun 23, 2012 12:22:13 PM

  2. Are "Rick" and "Ratbastard" the same woman?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 12:32:39 PM

  3. The only man connected to sports that I admire -- and find sexually attractive -- is Matthew Mitchum.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 12:33:47 PM

  4. Honestly I can't really connect the dots as RICK sees them. His theories of masculinity are all so implausible, abstruse and unproveable.

    I love his role as provocateur however, a real, and valuable fly in the ointment of the received truths of gay propagandists who settle among sites like this peddaling their own spin. As usual the extreme positions on all sides are suspect.

    Then there's the histrionic delight of observing and/or joining in on the cathartic flash fights that break out, relieve the day, and disappear until tomorrow. My personal mean streak - as big as all Ireland - is both fulfilled and tempered by these interactions.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 23, 2012 12:37:17 PM

  5. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE just ignore "Rick" - whatever is posted under that name is purely a one-note nonstop rant meant to upset and provoke. The BEST response would be to complete disregard all such posts and just move on with what, in most cases, have been interesting discussions amongst the others who posted comments.

    Posted by: ericxdc | Jun 23, 2012 12:42:21 PM

  6. @ ericxdc: got that right! I see the first words, know it's a RickPost, and spin the scroll wheel to the next comment. Same with the comments responding to the RickPosts. Makes for a much more enjoyable Towleroad experience.

    Posted by: jim | Jun 23, 2012 12:45:33 PM

  7. Wow, Rick, just as insane as always. It amazes me how you so often delude yourself into thinking you know anything about gay society, when you constantly tout your own ignorance of it.

    This is a good verdict. It has nothing to do with red herrings as "sports" and "masculinity" and everything to do with a odious child molester who needed to be put away for the safety of others. Those in the administration who knowingly allowed this situation to continue should be held accountable, just like anyone else would be in the same situation.

    If a parent stood by and knowingly let one of their children be molested, then proceeded to ignore it they'd be charged as being complicit. So why should someone one being part of the administration of a sports department, or religious organization be held to a lesser standard?

    Posted by: LiamB | Jun 23, 2012 1:24:41 PM

  8. "He faces up to 442 years in prison."

    No, he doesn't. He faces a decade or two in prison, and then he'll die. Just because the US sentencing process is completely ignorant of the human lifespan doesn't mean the reporting has to be.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 23, 2012 1:36:47 PM

  9. @Randy- he hasn't been sentenced yet. If he were sentenced the maximum for each crime, he'd face that long- he'll receive a minimum of 60 years, but they probably won't sentence him much more than that.

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 23, 2012 1:42:01 PM

  10. justice served. may he rot. and one day meet Paterno, a pathetic cowardly worm of a man who shirked his adult, and coaching, responsibilities by allowing this predator to continue his crimes.

    and to the trolls who came on as usual - keep it up. you prove the rest of us right, time and time again.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 23, 2012 1:53:11 PM

  11. Sandusky is not gay... Never had sexual relations with men. He is a pedofile since he had sexual relations with children. They are not the same. Ask any psychologist nd they will tell you, Sandusky is not gay.

    I'm glad that justice was served. I don't think that their football program should be scrapped like some have suggested. One rotten human being should not bring down an entire program. There is room for every interest (music to sports, etc.) on a large college campus.

    Anyone who harms children should be exposed... especially those who harbor the perpetrators. Anyone at Penn State who looked the other way should at least be fired, and given a public trial if the law requires it.

    BTW, a catholic cardinal's aide was found guilty yesterday in Philadelphia for endangering children by covering up sexual abuse by priests. This could signal a wave of senior church officials being held accountable for their treatment of children.

    (this is for you RICK... I feel sorry for you... Holding on to hate only damages your spirit. It doesn't really affect the gay men reading this blog. We'll go about our day after tuning off the iPad or computer, while you sit at home stewing about how "I'll show those gays a thing or two." Please find something positive in your life to focus on. I assume you have a family. Maybe spend some time with them. Fighting the gays won't be a legacy anyone will care about when you pass away. The only thing they"ll remember is that you were a negative bitter soul.)

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 23, 2012 2:04:45 PM

  12. You can tell that I'm masculine because I comment anonymously on a website and never put a face to my comments because evidence and facts are for fems.

    Real men give excuses to hide. Like me. And my dad, when he'd play "hid the salami" with my ass.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 2:14:41 PM

  13. Ah yes, and so we see in the filthy fake RICK post, that KIWI is back with his self-revealing little haters tempest. Transparent...but never truthfully signed.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 23, 2012 2:24:43 PM

  14. Rick


    crazy rant

    Posted by: say what | Jun 23, 2012 3:21:55 PM

  15. ah....just clicked

    rick and ratbastard are the same person

    one the sockpuppet of the other

    Posted by: say what | Jun 23, 2012 3:23:12 PM

  16. Since we are on the subject, I am just curious about something. About 20 years ago, "For a Lost Soldier" was released--a film about a sexual relationship between a 12-year-old Dutch boy and a Canadian soldier during WWII. It got rave reviews and is available via Amazon. And the film was made by the 12-year-old-boy turned gay man, who was nostalgic about his experience and glad that it happened.

    So what do you all make of this? I don't really see any fundamental difference between what the Canadian soldier did and what Jerry Sandusky did--he was said to have truly been in love with the boy he had sex with, but then again, Sandusky's love letters and gifts would suggest that he believed the same to be the case with the boys he had sex with. And there was no more coercion in the case of the former than in the case of the latter.

    So why is one considered a "monster" who should "rot in hell" while the other is held up as a good person who did nothing wrong and whose actions should be celebrated?

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 3:46:35 PM

  17. Now it comes out - RICK plays with little boys, and sees nothing wrong with it. He is a pedophile. He wishes that Toddlers and Tieras had a sipin-off: Pop Warner and Public Showers. Makes perfect sense now. He probably hates women because some kid's mother got wise to him and reported him to police. Pitiful creature of darkness, indeed.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 23, 2012 4:07:36 PM

  18. @TJ Nice try at diverting attention from the issue I raised, but it won't work, any more than other such attempts do.

    I have no sexual attraction to children and have never understood why some people do.

    But I cannot help but be struck by the sharp and dramatic contrast between the way Sandusky is being villainized and the way "For a Lost Soldier" was received.

    Go ahead, explain it if you can (or if you dare).......

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 4:17:50 PM

  19. And let me just add that I have seen the film myself and there are several graphic sex scenes in it, including the little boy being anally penetrated by the big, hairy soldier.....and the boy grimaces in pain upon being penetrated.

    But still, there it is on the Amazon website--as mainstream as it gets--with 77 reviews and an average star rating of 4.5 on a scale of 5 (48 of the 77 reviewers gave it a 5).

    The man whose boyhood reminiscences the film is based on, by the way, is a ballet dancer and choreographer who went so far as to base a ballet on his experience.......

    So again I ask, why is the soldier a "hero" and Sandusky a "monster"?

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 4:32:10 PM

  20. Rick, trying once again to pull a bait and switch by bringing up completely unrelated topics. What the hell does that movie have to do with this discussion? And who on this board has ever mentioned it or called the soldier in question a hero?

    Jerry Sandusky was a predator who set up an organization for wayward youth so he could sexually exploit dozens of neglected boys. I know nothing about that film or what really happened, but a grown man having a relationship with a 12 year old is completely inappropriate... and I certainly wouldn't call him a hero. And neither would the vast majority of the posters here.

    If he looks back on their "affair" with warm memories, then whatever. Not much we can do about that. But his personal reality and the reality of a situation may not be the same.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Jun 23, 2012 4:54:36 PM

  21. Jerry Sandusky had his trial. He was found guilty. Justice worked. Comparisons to other cases are completely irrelevant.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 23, 2012 5:05:52 PM

  22. And I'll bet RICK watched that scene over and over again...

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 23, 2012 6:46:01 PM

  23. @david. a cover for pedophilia? are you out of your mind? what kind of person blanketly "hates sports" so much they want to see football banned? are you on drugs? dont answer that

    @rob. replacing the stadium for a "park of contemplation" (lol) about these crimes? is david your drug dealer?

    Posted by: gomez | Jun 23, 2012 7:32:22 PM



    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 23, 2012 7:45:05 PM

  25. The macho world of college football was a great cover for Sandusky- he is going to be very popular in prison.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 23, 2012 9:07:58 PM

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