Jury to Sandusky: Guilty!

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  • Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in child rape trial
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Jury to Sandusky: Guilty!
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Jerry Sandusky's booking photo at the Centre County Correctional Facility shortly after the verdict was read.

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A Pennsylvania jury found former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial.

The 68-year-old was facing 48 counts including deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor among others.

The jury spent more than 20 hours deliberating over the past two days before their verdict was announced around 10 p.m. ET. Friday.

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Sandusky was silent after the verdict was read and led away from the courthouse in handcuffs. He will be booked into the Centre County jail. Sentencing will take place in approximately 90 days, but legal experts say it is likely that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly praised the jury's verdict, saying "a serial child predator who committed horrific acts upon his victims ... has been held accountable for his crimes." She also thanked the victims who came forward who "bravely" testified against Sandusky.

Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, said his client's family was "very disappointed" about the verdict, but "it was the expected outcome because of the "overwhelming amount of evidence" against Sandusky.

"We were trying to climb Mount Everest from the bottom of the mount. Obviously, we didn't make it," Amendola said.

Penn State University released a statement about the verdict that says, "The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing." 

As jurors held deliberations Friday, Amendola told reporters that he might "die of a heart attack" in shock if his client was acquitted on all 48 counts.

Earlier in the day, jurors requested transcripts from prosecution witness Mike McQueary, who testified he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the locker room and defense witness Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who said McQueary's original statements differed from what he said on the stand.

Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for the revered Penn State football team for 32 years and was instrumental in creating a reputation for the team’s tough defense, inspiring the moniker "Linebacker U." His arrest last November sent shockwaves through the community in State College, Pennsylvania.

After the jury began deliberations Thursday, new revelations came to light. Matt Sandusky, one of six adopted children of Jerry Sandusky, said through his attorney that he was a victim of his father's abuse and he was prepared to testify against him.

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The prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments Thursday. Amendola pointed to inconsistent statements with McQueary and said the alleged victims came up with a story for financial gain.

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan described Sandusky during his closing arguments as a pedophile who systematically preyed on his victims.

Sandusky wasn’t the only person accused of wrongdoing in the case. Three Penn State officials, along with the late head football coach Joe Paterno, faced accusations they could have done more to stop the child sex abuse. Tim Curley, the former Penn State athletic director, along with Gary Schultz, the former senior vice president for business and finance at Penn State,  are facing charges for failing to report information about possible child abuse to law enforcement.

At the trial, eight alleged victims took the stand and testified about the pattern of abuse experienced at the hands of Sandusky. The alleged victims claimed the abuse occurred when they were 9 to 17 years old. The alleged abuse would start with Sandusky putting his hands on boys' thighs in the car, tickling and blowing on their stomachs before bed, showering naked with them and raping them.

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