Sandusky Guilty; taken to jailSports Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who once was Paterno’s heir apparent, was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday on 45 of 48 charges in his child sex abuse trial. A breakdown of the verdict:
• INVOLUNTARY DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, GUILTY on 8 of 9 counts
• INDECENT ASSAULT, GUILTY on 7 of 9 counts
• CRIMINAL INTENT TO COMMIT INDECENT ASSAULT, GUILTY on 1 of 1 count
• UNLAWFUL CONTACT WITH MINORS, GUILTY on 9 of 9 counts
• CORRUPTION OF MINORS, GUILTY on 10 of 10 counts
• ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILDREN, GUILTY on 10 of 10 counts
Sandusky showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
The judge revoked Sandusky’s bail.
In court, Sandusky half-waved toward family as the sheriff led him away. Outside, he calmly walked to a sheriff’s car with his hands cuffed in front of him.
As he was placed in the car, someone yelled at him to “rot in hell.” Others hurled insults and he shook his head no in response.
Almost immediately after the judge adjourned, loud cheers could be heard from at least a couple hundred people gathered outside the courthouse as word quickly spread that Sandusky had been convicted. The group included victim advocates and local residents with their kids. Many held up their smartphones to take pictures as people filtered out of the building.
Sandusky initially will be held in solitary confinement, his attorney said.
Eight young men testified in a central Pennsylvania courtroom about a range of abuse, from kissing and massages, to groping, oral sex and anal rape. For two other alleged victims, prosecutors relied on testimony from a university janitor and then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, whose account of a sexual encounter between Sandusky and a boy of about 10 ultimately led to the Paterno’s dismissal and the university president’s ouster.
Sandusky did not take the stand in his own defense.
He repeatedly had denied the allegations, and his defense suggested his accusers had a financial motive to make up stories, years after the fact. His attorney also painted Sandusky as the victim of overzealous police investigators who coached the alleged victims into giving accusatory statements.
But jurors believed the testimony that, in the words of lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III, Sandusky was a “predatory pedophile.”
One accuser testified Sandusky molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games. He also said Sandusky had sent him “creepy love letters.”
Another spoke of forced oral sex and instances of rape in the basement of Sandusky’s home, including abuse that left him bleeding. He said he once tried to scream for help, knowing Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but figured the basement must be soundproof.
Another, a foster child, said Sandusky warned that he never would see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened.
And just hours after the case went to jurors, lawyers for one of Sandusky’s six adopted children, Matt, said he had told authorities that his father abused him.
Matt Sandusky had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors, the statement said. The lawyers said they arranged for Matt Sandusky to meet with law enforcement officials but did not explain why he didn’t testify.
“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy,” the statement said. It didn’t go into details about his allegations.
Defense witnesses, including Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, described his philanthropic work with children over the years, and many spoke in positive terms about his reputation in the community. Prosecutors had portrayed those efforts as an effective means by which Sandusky could camouflage his molestation as he targeted boys who were the same age as participants in The Second Mile, a charity he founded in the 1970s for at-risk youth.
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