(HUFFINGTON POST) Jerry Sandusky, a convicted child molester and former coach at Penn State, has been sentenced to prison for 30 to 60 years after being found guilty of 45 charges of abuse, which occurred over a 15-year period of time, during which he was a foster parent, coach, charity worker, and respected community member. Judge John Cleland said during the sentencing that he was a particularly dangerous type of pedophile, as he “abused the trust of those who trusted [him],” referring to the way that Sandusky used his charitable organization, The Second Mile, as a means of finding and grooming troubled young men to later victimize.

In letters published by TMZ, Sandusky now seems introspective, explaining that his faith in God is getting him through his sentence. He writes, “God’s light has warmed me with many letters of support and motivation.”

He also expresses his hopes for the future, despite the fact that he will almost certainly be imprisoned until the end of his life, telling a friend, “My hope is to serve even better purposes. Each day, my goal is to embrace each day as a gift. Never surrender except to God. Don’t let our circumstances get the best of us. Understand God’s presence and purpose. Remain as positive as possible.”

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