Jerry Sandusky, accused on 45 counts of child sex abuse, has begun to write a book from prison with the help of his wife.
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While Sandusky, 68, awaits sentencing in the Centre County Correctional Facility, he has already begun work on a book the will recount the events that took place leading up to his trial. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual assault on 10 young boys in June. He faces the maximum of 442 years in prison; it was estimated that it would take about three months before he was officially sentenced.
Meanwhile, with the help of his wife, Sandusky has begun to write, according to The Washington Post.
"Sources said there has been so much paperwork exchanged between Jerry and Dottie, that Dottie has had her written correspondence privileges suspended by prison officials," Gary Sinderson reported to The Post.
The new scheme has apparently brought life back to the former coach, who had been placed on suicide watch but has since been removed. The new book will be Sandusky's second; his first was published in 2001 and titled "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story." It recounted his works for charity.
According to Sandusky's lawyer, he is eager for the opportunity to tell his side of the story after he was prevented from testifying during his hearing. Sandusky is also planning to speak at his sentencing.
"He wants everyone to know that. He had looked forward to testifying at his trial, and because of unforeseen circumstances (allegations of abuse by his adopted son, Matt Sandusky), that didn't happen," Amendola said. "Jerry views his sentencing as an opportunity for him to tell his side of this."
The trial has also had a hugely negative impact on Penn State, where Sandusky coached, which has left him distraught.
"He's extremely distraught about what's happened at Penn State," attorney Joe Amendola said in an interview with centredaily.com. "He never, never dreamed that anything he was accused of doing would have this type of impact on Penn State, not only athletics, but the university as a whole."