Jerry Sandusky On Suicide Watch, Becomes Prison Target

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Jerry Sandusky's wife Dottie is accused of almost hitting a reporter who was recording video footage outside their home. The former Penn State assistant coach has requested looser bail restrictions to allow him to visit with his grandchildren and old friends while he awaits trial on child sex-abuse charges, but prosecutors countered that Sandusky's home is not safe for children.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is on suicide watch after reportedly being taunted by inmates at the Centre County, Pa., Correctional Facility, The Daily reported Monday.

Sandusky's bail was revoked on Friday and he was sent back to jail, after a jury convicted him of sexually abusing 10 boys over the course of 15 years.  

In December, Sandusky was serenaded by inmates when the lights went out in his prison cell. Quoting Pink Floyd, they sang, Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone, said an inmate who identified himself to The Daily as Josh. 

The inmate also told The Daily that Sandusky is being kept in a special unit reserved for sex offenders and the mentally ill. The other 349 inmates in the prison are familiar with the details of Sandusky's trial as many of them have access to television and newspapers, CBS News reports. 

Defense attorney Karl Rominger told CNN Monday that Sandusky is on suicide watch and being held in protective custody away from other inmates, but the jail has not commented on Sandusky's situation.

Sandusky will be held at the county jail for about 90 days, before he is sentenced. He will then spend the rest of his days in a state prison in Pennsylvania, where he will live among the general population, according to ABC News. 

Sandusky could face more charges from accusers who came out toward the end of the trial, including his adopted son Matt, as well as lawsuits from accusers who have said they will sue the former coach, Penn State University and the Second Mile charity, where Sandusky met many of his victims. 

Sandusky was convicted of 45 out of 48 charges of child rape and sex abuse that will likely lead to a minimum sentence of lifetime in prison. After Friday's verdict Rominger hinted that the defense would appeal the jury's verdict.

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