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Jerry Sandusky Moved Out of Maximum Security

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky walks into the Centre County Courthouse before being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on Oct. 9, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 08:24 AM

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach serving time for molestation convictions in 2012, has been moved out of maximum security.

Sandusky, 73, was assigned to the State Correctional Institute-Somerset, a medium-security prison 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on Feb. 27, The Associated Press noted.

He was originally housed at the maximum-security facility in Greene County, Pennsylvania, because he was considered vulnerable because of his high profile and nature of his child-sex abuse conviction, the AP said.

Sandusky, the former longtime defensive coordinator for Penn State under coach Joe Paterno, was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse charges, StateCollege.com noted. He is currently serving a 30-60-year sentence.

The ex-football coach will have a hearing in Centre County Court on March 24 in connection with his appeal, according to StateCollege.com. Sandusky is arguing that the he receive ineffective counsel before and during his trial in 2012, where he was charged with multiple child sexual abuse counts.

In February, Sandusky's adopted son Jeff Sandusky, 41, was charged with 12 felonies and two misdemeanors, including solicitation of sex acts and child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor, according to NBC News.

While prosecutors charged that Jeff Sandusky allegedly asked two minors to send him nude photos and to perform a sex act, there were no accusations that he physically molested the victims, NBC News noted.

Jeff Sandusky was suspended from his job at the State Correctional Institution in Rockview, Pennsylvania, and was initially held on $200,000 bail, according NBC News.

The Jerry Sandusky case rocked one of the nation's top college football programs and led to the firing of Paterno in 2011 for his handling for initial allegations against the assistant coach, The New York Times noted.

Three former Penn State administrators are expected to go on trial this month on felony charges of endangering the welfare of children in connection with their handling of the Sandusky case, according to The Associated Press.

Jury selection is expected to begin in the trial against Penn State ex-president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on March 20.

The criminal charges are based on how the administrators responded to complaints about Jerry Sandusky while they were among the university's top-ranking officials, the AP said.

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