Jerry Sandusky transferred to Camp Hill prison from Centre County

adanahy@centredaily.comOctober 23, 2012 

Jerry Sandusky was moved from the Centre County jail to the state prison at Camp Hill early Tuesday morning, where he'll undergo an evaluation.

The convicted child molester had been in the Centre County facility after his a jury found him guilty of 45 counts of abuse in June. Centre County sheriff's deputies drove him to the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, leaving Centre County at about 5:30 a.m., Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Dershem said.

State corrections spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said that while at the Camp Hill prison Sandusky will undergo a multistep evaluation that will used to determine in which state prison he should be placed permanently. The process includes a review of his background, psychological state, criminal history, medical condition and future risk potential. McNaughton said the diagnostic process could take anywhere from a week to a month and is something that is done with all state inmates after sentencing.

She dismissed the idea that Sandusky would be placed at Rockview state prison in Benner Township just so he could be close to his family.

"That is not necessarily true and just speculation," McNaughton said.

Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau said Sandusky was quiet Tuesday morning and the transfer was uneventful.

A jury found Sandusky guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys he met through The Second Mile, the nonprofit he founded for at-risk children. On Oct. 9, Judge John Cleland sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison, essentially giving the 68-year-old former Penn State coach a life sentence.

Sandusky's attorneys plan to appeal the conviction and already have filed post-sentence motions asking Cleland to review the verdict and give Sandusky a new trial.

Anne Danahy can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @AnneDanahy.

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