November 1, 2012 10:01:54 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sent Wednesday to serve his child molestation prison sentence at an institution in Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates.
The Corrections Department said Sandusky was transferred to Greene State Prison after being evaluated at a facility outside Harrisburg. He will be housed in protective custody.
"Given the high profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said.
Sandusky, 68, was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts for sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. He maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.
The 30- to 60-year sentence imposed Oct. 9 means he faces the likelihood of dying in prison.
He will not have a cellmate and will be subject to heightened supervision and an escort when not in his cell.
All visits will be non-contact, meaning no touching is allowed. He may have a TV, radio and other property, according to the Corrections Department, if he is deemed to be in "compliant adjustment."