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Sandusky seeks less harsh Pa. prison setting

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012
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The abuse scandal rocked Penn State, bringing down Paterno and the university's then-president and leading college sports' governing body, the NCAA, to levy unprecedented sanctions against the university's football program. Criminal charges are pending against three former high-ranking university officials accused of helping to cover up abuse complaints, but they say they're innocent.

Sandusky's post-sentencing motions will be the subject of arguments before a judge Jan. 10 in Bellefonte, and Rominger said preparations would be much easier if Sandusky had more regular access to a phone.

Family members have visited Sandusky, but Friday was the first time he has met with his legal team at the prison.

"It's a tough life, Level 5," Rominger said. "And I know some people in the public will say, 'Who cares?' But the answer is, I thought we believe in equality in America. And while he's a convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania, he would like to be treated like every other convicted sex offender."

Sandusky believes he would be safe in the prison's general population, Rominger said.

"He said to me he can understand where some of the concern comes from, but he's not happy being stuck in a cell 23 hours a day," Rominger said.

Greene State Prison, where most of Pennsylvania's death row inmates are kept, contains 1,800 prisoners and employs a staff of 700.