Jerry Sandusky Placed in Protective Custody

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Jerry Sandusky departs court after sentencing on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is now installed in the Pennsylvania state prison where he’ll serve out his 30- to 60-year sentence for sexually abusing boys.

Sandusky has been placed in protective custody at the State Correctional Institution at Greene in Waynesburg.

“Given the high-profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced in October.

He came to his “home” facility Wednesday from the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, where he was physically and mentally evaluated.

In the 1,800-inmate prison in Waynesburg, the former coach is being held in a single cell and has additional supervision and an escort when he’s out of his cell for the three showers and five hours of exercise he is allotted weekly.

All meals and any counseling or medical visits will take place in Sandusky’s cell, according to a statement from the state’s Department of Corrections.

All visits will be “noncontact,” the statement said. Sandusky will be allowed to have a television, radio and other personal property as authorized by prison officials.

Jurors determined that Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, used his access to university facilities and his foundation for underprivileged youths to abuse the boys sexually. During the trial, a 23-year-old man identified as Victim No. 4 testified that he was 13 when Sandusky sexually abused him in a university shower.

Sandusky is appealing his conviction.

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