Jerry Sandusky Victim 5 at sentencing: ‘I continue to be haunted’

adanahy@centredaily.comOctober 9, 2012 

— The man known as Victim 5 still has nightmares about what Jerry Sandusky did to him, flashbacks of the former Penn State coach's naked body.

He realizes the behavior Sandusky masqueraded as horseplay with him as a 13-year-old was really sexual assault.

"I continue to be haunted by the incident," the man said in Centre County Court today during Sandusky's sentencing hearing.

He and two other victims spoke, and lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan read the statements of another victim and a victim's mother.

In the end, Judge John Cleland handed down a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison for Sandusky, whose attorneys say is already planning an appeal.

Cleland, during the sentencing, addressed the victims, telling them that the fact that they were assaulted was no fault of their own and should not be cause for shame.

"It is for your courage and not for your assault that you will be remembered and on which you must focus if you are to become whole and heal," Cleland said.

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