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UPDATE: Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts of Sexual Abuse

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (AP) -June 22,2012-

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 counts at his child sex abuse trial.

Jurors announced the verdict Friday night after weighing 48 charges accusing him of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The panel had listened to seven days of testimony, including from eight young men who said they were his victims. Jurors also heard about two other alleged victims through other witnesses.

Sandusky didn't take the stand.

The defense case had consisted largely of character witnesses who defended Sandusky's reputation, a psychologist who said Sandusky had a personality disorder and the ex-coach's wife, who said her husband didn't do anything inappropriate.

His lawyers also suggested the accusers had a financial motive to make up stories and that investigators coached witnesses.

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- A court official says the jury in Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial has reached a verdict.

The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach is fighting 48 counts that accuse him of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of all counts.

The jury is expected to announce the verdict after 9:45 p.m.

The panel heard from eight accusers who say Sandusky molested them. They also heard about two other alleged victims whose identities remain unknown to investigators.

Prosecutors say Sandusky found victims through his charity for at-risk children, The Second Mile. They say he gave them gifts and took them on trips as he groped them or forced them into sex.

Defense attorneys say accusers are out for money and that investigators inappropriately shared details among witnesses.


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