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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
The wild ride in the case of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky has finally come to an end. Tonight, a jury found Sandusky guilty in his s*x abuse trial, where he was presented by prosecutors as a serial molester who convinced young men that he was a caregiver when in fact he was something worse. The scandal rocked the image of Penn State University football and ended the legendary career of football coach Joe Paterno on a sad and solemn note.
Sandusky was sent by the judge to the county jail to await sentencing for his crimes, which will take place in about three months. He was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts, and might end up with life in prison. He is 68-years old, so any sentence longer than a decade might condemn him to die while incarcerated. When he was sentenced, people waiting outside the courthouse erupted with cheers after hearing the verdict.
The testimony lasted a full week, with s****l details being provided by many of the victims. Some of them described being fondled, touched in the shower or forced into a**l or oral s*x. There were a total of eight victims who testified against Sandusky, many of them young men the coach pretended to protect under the guise of his charity.
The case of Jerry Sandusky, like the other case of the man who pretended to be a woman so he could lure in young boys online, serves as a precautionary tale for all of us. We must protect our children, even when we think they are in the hands of safe mentors. The person who might appear to be an angel could actually be something that is beyond demonic. We must also teach our kids how to respond when an adult does something that is unreasonable or harmful to their person.
Secondly, I must confess that a part of me wonders if any of these little boys are black. The mother of one of the victims once spoke out, stating that Sandusky had an attraction to 12-year old boys who are athletic, thin and strong. Many black males fit that description. When you throw in the fact that these kids were underprivileged, it opens the door to the possibility that many of them were African American.
Whatever the race of the victims, the pain of this trauma is unforgivable and permanent. May God heal the souls of the children who were affected. Penn State University should also deservedly share the consequences of putting the protection of their athletic department over the protection of young children. Much of this could have been avoided had they decided to do the right thing.