Jerry Sandusky hearing scheduled for Oct. 9

Nickalas Tabbert

The question of how long Jerry Sandusky will remain behind bars will soon be answered.

A judge announced Monday that Sandusky will be sentenced Oct. 9, nearly four months after the retired assistant football coach was convicted in the child molestation scandal at Penn State University, The Associated Press reported.

He was convicted in June of 45 counts of sex abuse involving 10 boys. Prosecutors said some of the assaults took place on the Penn State campus.

Judge John Cleland, who presided over the trial, scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 at the courthouse in Bellefonte, Penn., to determine if Sandusky should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

After the hearing, Sandusky is expected to be formally sentenced, the Los Angeles Times said.

Cleland has also asked the prosecution and defense to submit written statements by Oct. 5 to help him decide on the sentence. The judge scheduled a pre-sentencing hearing, to be held in chambers, for Oct. 8 as well.

Two other school officials, former athletics director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz, face trial on charges of perjury and the failure to report suspected abuse.

The scandal eventually led to the replacement of the late football coach Joe Paterno and cost Graham Spanier his post as university president. The NCAA also fined the school $60 million, banned the team from postseason bowl games and vacated Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011.