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June 25, 2012 Posted by gbailey in News

Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty Faces 500 Years To Life

Jerry Sandusky

, former assistant football coach for Penn State University was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year "Jerry Sandusky"span. The jury deliberated after 20 hours and convicted him on 45 of the 48 charges against him. The jury consisted of seven women and 5 men.


After more than 20 hours of deliberation, the jury of seven women and five men returned the verdict Friday night. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 counts charging him with abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Jury deliberations began Thursday. Jerry Sandusky could face up to 500 years in prison. He was taken into custody and bail was denied. There is expected be a civil charges pressed after the criminal trial. The verdict does not help Penn State. President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice Presdent Gary Schultz all face charges ranging from dismissal to perjury.


The prosecution did a successful job of painting a picture of Jerry Sandusky being a predatory pedophile. Jerry Sandusky was accused of luring his victims through his charity for at risk children called the Second Mile. Eight of the accusers testified, in graphic and tearful detail about their horrific experiences with Sandusky. Most said they initially enjoyed gifts and special attention from Sandusky. Some said they saw him as the father they never had. Things would later turn into physical abuse, being assaulted in his basement and being forced to have soapy showers that included rape.


Mike McQueary a former Penn State football player, and coach at Penn State University witness for the prosecution. The identities of two of the boys have never been provided. In both cases, two adults testified that they had witnessed abuse involving the unidentified boys. McQueary told of the winter night in 2001 when he entered the university’s football facility and saw Sandusky with a naked boy, 10 or 12 years old, in the locker room showers. He described hearing the sounds of a sex act. McQueary said he slammed his locker door to let Sandusky know someone else was in the room. Later, he called his father, who told him to go to Paterno, who in turn went to his superiors. It wasn’t until later investigations that the state brought the child abuse charges against Sandusky. The charges came in two waves last year.


The defense tried to prove that Jerry Sandusky was a honorable man and that Sandusky suffered from histrionic personality disorder, a condition that includes overly dramatic gestures that can be seen as seductive. The defense argued that the condition explained why Sandusky gave the boys gifts and in one case sent a love note to a child. The prosecution countered by proving that the gifts were used to lure his victims in for his sexual desires.


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