Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State defensive coordinator who shocked everyone with allegations of sexual deviancy toward young boys, has been found guilty on 45 of 48 counts. The jury in the case deliberated for two days, reaching a verdict earlier tonight. Under court order, the verdict could not be reported until court had been adjourned.
Sandusky’s bail has been revoked and he was taken into custody where he will spend the next few months awaiting sentencing. Sandusky could be looking at life in prison for his crimes, despite being found “not guilty” on three counts. His own adopted son came forward after the case had already been given to the jury and claimed that Sandusky had abused him as well.
Not a surprise at all that Jerry Sandusky was found guilty. Earlier, his own lawyer stated that he would be shocked if Sandusky was acquitted. From CBS News in Philadelphia:
The jury announced the verdict sometime after 9:45 p.m.
The courtroom was closed by the time the jury and attorneys assembled for the verdict, and no one was be allowed to leave until court until it was adjourned, the judge said in a court order earlier in the week. The verdict was read count by count. Media was barred from transmitting any results of the verdict until adjournment, with the judge promising sanctions for any reporter or media organization violating his order.
Earlier in the evening, Sandusky’s lawyer said he would be shocked and “die of a heart attack” if the former Penn State assistant football coach were acquitted on all counts in his child sex abuse trial.
A sad chapter closes at Penn State University, however the scars of this man’s abuse will linger, perhaps forever.
UPDATE: Complete breakdown of charges.