Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Prosecutors file request to have Jerry Sandusky classified as sexually violent predator

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday, June 22, 2012, after being found guilty in his sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa. Nabil K. Mark
Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday, June 22, 2012, after being found guilty in his sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa. Nabil K. Mark Centre Daily Times

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case want to have the convicted pedophile classified as a sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law.

The Attorney General’s Office filed paperwork Wednesday asking Senior Judge John Cleland for a hearing where prosecutors would present testimony to support their request.

If declared a sexually violent predator, Sandusky would have to register his address and job with state police as a sex offender upon being released from prison. Because he had multiple convictions of serious sex offenses like involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to state law.

That may be moot. The 68-year-old Sandusky could spend the rest of his life behind bars in a state prison because he was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola doesn’t know if he will have his own assessment done. 

“We’re still evaluating how we want to proceed on this issue,” Amendola said.

Cleland ordered that Sandusky be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment board, and prosecutors said they got the report back Aug. 22. The report was not part of the court papers filed.

A member of the sexual offender assessment board, Robert Stein, would testify for prosecutors at the hearing, the court papers say.

Sandusky was convicted June 22 and is awaiting a sentencing hearing. 

Defendants are supposed to be sentenced 90 days after being convicted, but attorneys say sexual offender assessments can delay sentencings past the 90-day rule.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT

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