June 25, 2012 – On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. After the verdict was read, the judge ordered Sandusky to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
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Judge John Cleland denied Sandusky bail and ordered him to be jailed until the sentencing phase of the trial, which is scheduled to begin in about 90 days. In court, Sandusky waved half-heartedly to his family as sheriff’s deputies led him away. Outside, he walked calmly with his head bowed to a sheriff’s car, where he was placed in back and taken to jail.
Upon hearing the verdicts against Sandusky, the accuser known as Victim 6 broke down in tears in the courtroom. The man, now 25, testified for the prosecution that Sandusky called himself the ‘tickle monster’ in a locker room shower assault. Although Victim 6 declined to comment to a reporter after court was dismissed, his mother said “Nobody wins. We’ve all lost.”
After the verdict was read, cheers could be heard from swarms of onlookers gathered outside the courthouse as word spread that Sandusky had been overwhelmingly convicted. The group included victim advocates and local families. Many snapped photos as people filed out of the building.
In total, eight witnesses testified for the prosecution about a range of abuse that included kissing, massages, groping, oral sex and anal rape. For two other alleged victims, prosecutors used testimony from a Penn State janitor and then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who allegedly witnessed Sandusky raping a young boy in a locker room shower about 10 years ago. The ex-coach did not testify in his own defense.
Sandusky repeatedly denied the charges against him, and his defense team contended that his accusers were driven by a financial motive to make up stories, years after the alleged indiscretions took place. His attorney painted him as the victim of a witch hunt led by overzealous police investigators who coached the accusers into giving accusatory statements. But once all the facts were laid out, jurors sided with the prosecution and voted to convict the ‘predatory pedophile’ on 45 of 48 counts. And though his prison sentence has yet to be determined, in all likelihood, the 68-year-old will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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