Jury: Sandusky Guilty of Child Sex Abuse

The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted on 45 charges.

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Jerry Sandusky (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who'd founded a charity for troubled kids, was found guilty Friday on 45 charges of child sex abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A jury found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges on Friday, ending a trial that rocked U.S. college football and renewed attention on pedophilia in America.

Sandusky, 68, faces potentially hundreds of years in prison for molesting 10 boys over 15 years. He was escorted immediately out of the courthouse in handcuffs and taken into an awaiting sheriff's cruiser.

A large crowd that gathered outside the Centre County Courthouse in central Pennsylvania broke into cheers upon learning of the news.

One of the victims who had testified burst into tears as the verdict was read. Sandusky, meanwhile, stood and faced the foreman and appeared expressionless, tucking his hands into his pockets.

The case ended the career of the university's storied head coach, the late Joe Paterno, over his failure to take strong measures after being told that Sandusky had raped a child in the shower area of a team lockeroom. 


Read more at the Chicago Tribune.