Jerry Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts

Ex-Penn State coach will probably spend the rest of his life in prison

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 22, 2012 9:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barring a miracle, Jerry Sandusky is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. A jury tonight convicted the former Penn State assistant football coach on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing boys. The jury of seven women and five men, including nine with ties to Penn State, deliberated more than 20 hours over two days. Sandusky, 68, showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Judge John Cleland revoked his bail and ordered him taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. Many of the charges carry mandatory minimum sentences.

Sandusky half-waved toward his family in the courtroom as the sheriff led him away. Outside, he calmly walked to a sheriff's car with his hands cuffed in front of him. Almost immediately after the judge adjourned the case, loud cheers could be heard from a couple of hundred people gathered outside the courthouse as word quickly spread that Sandusky had been convicted. Yesterday, Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, told prosecutors for the first time that he had been molested, too.

Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in custody.
Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in custody.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday, June 22, 2012. Sandusky is accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday, June 22, 2012. Sandusky is accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys over...   (Gene J. Puskar)
Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, leave the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday.
Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, leave the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday.
Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday.
Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday.   (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
This photo taken with a fisheye lens shows a crowd of people gathered in front of the Centre County Courthouse.
This photo taken with a fisheye lens shows a crowd of people gathered in front of the Centre County Courthouse.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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