Kentuckiana reacts to Jerry Sandusky verdict

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 23 at 8:50 PM

(WHAS11) -- Jerry Sandusky was found guilty in a Pennsylvania courtroom late Friday night of 45 counts of child sexual assault.
 
 “The message of the verdict is if you do these kinds of things they [prosecutors] are going to try, pursue, catch you and then imprison you,” said Marc Leibson, who is a marriage and family therapist.
 
The former Penn State University assistant football coach could spend the rest of his life in prison after several victims came forward to testify against him.
 
“These victims in the Jerry Sandusky case are really, really brave,” said Leibson.
 
Leibson has been following the case since it came to light nearly one year ago.
 
“The good part about this sentence is they are taking him off the street and he wont be victimizing anymore children,” Leibson says.
 
Sandusky awaits a formal sentencing, which will be announced within three months. He faces a maximum sentence of 442 years in prison.
 
Leibson says most victims are sexually abused are able to heal from the psychological trauma they might have with proper treatment. But he also notes, that victims who are not properly treated are prone to becoming sexual abusers later in their life.

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