View Full Version : Jerry Sandusky found guilty of child sex abuse

June 22nd, 2012, 10:47 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. – Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation and faces up to 442 years in prison.

A jury of Sandusky's Centre County, Pa., neighbors determined that the former Penn State defensive coordinator sexually abused children over a 15-year period, using his stature as a local coaching hero and his position with the Second Mile charity to target and then violate at-risk kids from the area.
The jury deliberated for about 20 hours after a trial that stretched across eight days at Centre County Courthouse. The jury foreman read the counts and said "guilty" on six consecutive counts before saying "not guilty" for the first time. He read all 48 counts.

Jerry Sandusky is taken into custody after a jury found him guilty of child molestation. (Getty Images)Sandusky, wearing a brown blazer, stood motionless with his left hand in his pocket, his eyes on the jury. His wife, Dottie, and three of his adopted sons and one adopted daughter sat to his right. Matt Sandusky, their adopted son who Thursday said Jerry Sandusky had molested him, was not present.

Sandusky, who was escorted out of the courthouse in handcuffs, will be sentenced at a later date by Judge John Cleland. The precise number of years he faces in prison is unclear, but legal experts say it should be enough to lock the 68-year-old away for life.

After the counts were read, Judge John Cleland said, "Mr. Sandusky, you have been found guilty by a jury of your peers."

Victim No. 6 – one of eight victims to testify – and his family were in court. He put his head down and wept uncontrollably as the verdict was read. "I'm just overwhelmed," he said afterward.

When court was adjourned and word leaked out to a massive crowd on the steps of the courthouse, cheers rang out and were audible inside the courtroom.

"Jerry was prepared to go to jail tonight," defense attorney Joe Amendola said. "He understood that a verdict coming back on the second day [was an indication he would be found guilty]. With the circumstances of the situation and how the case progressed, it was inevitable."

Judge Cleland said Sandusky would be sentenced in about 90 days. Sandusky gave a quick wave to family and was taken to Centre County jail in handcuffs.

Amendola said Sandusky plans to appeal. He also said Sandusky would have testified on his own behalf had Matt Sandusky not indicated to prosecutors that he'd been abused.

"Jerry always planned to take the stand and tell his story," Amendola said. "Although Jerry and the family deny the abuse [of Matt] happened, it would have been explosive. There was no way for Jerry to testify without the prosecution being able to call Matt."

The case rocked this pristine college area when Sandusky was indicted last November. It led to the firing of iconic head football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier. Two other university officials, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, are facing criminal charges for failure to report a crime and perjury. Paterno died of lung cancer in January at age 85.

"The Board of Trustees and current administration maintain a steadfast commitment to pursuing the truth regarding Mr. Sandusky's actions," Penn State said in a statement released following the verdict. "While we cannot change what happened, we can and do accept the responsibility to take action on the societal issue of child sexual abuse – both in our community and beyond."

The state presented an overwhelming case against Sandusky. It was highlighted by powerful personal testimony from eight victims who detailed, often through sobs and gasps of breath, how Sandusky molested them in Penn State locker rooms, Sandusky's basement and hotel rooms.

Sandusky often used his access to Penn State facilities and the football program to lure pre-adolescents into situations where they were alone and the kids were vulnerable.

The state also used testimony from former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, who said he walked in on Sandusky and a boy in the locker room showers in 2001, and hearsay testimony from two Penn State janitors who said a third janitor – now senile – saw a similar incident in 2000.

[Related: Most of the seven women, five men on the jury had Penn State ties]

The defense acknowledged from the start it faced a considerable challenge and tried to paint Sandusky as an innocent victim of a grand conspiracy of police and financially motivated victims.

"There are lots of people sitting in jails all across this country who are innocent – lots of people over the years who have been executed for murder and later determined to be innocent," Amendola said to jeers from the crowd gathered around the courthouse. "What this proves to me is, I believe the jury acted genuinely. I believe the jury acted in good faith. … I don't have any problem with the jury. We had a good jury."


Do you think he did what he was accoused of?

June 23rd, 2012, 12:23 AM
Good, now everyone drop this case like soap in a locker room.


Hatsune Miku
June 23rd, 2012, 12:27 AM
"faces up to 442 years in prison"

What are they gonna do, keep his dead body in his cell after his death?

Anyways, glad to see he'll rot in prison.

June 23rd, 2012, 12:32 AM
Good. Anybody who does that deserves to be locked up forever.

June 23rd, 2012, 04:25 AM
Good to see he's getting what he deserves

June 23rd, 2012, 07:00 AM
He is really getting what he deserves. He is, like many have portrayed him, a monster.

June 23rd, 2012, 06:44 PM
Well I don't think he really had a chance at any point along the way, so I can't really say I'm surprised. But people like him are sick.

June 23rd, 2012, 07:06 PM
I knew he was guilty! he got what he deserved

June 24th, 2012, 09:59 AM
Agree with the above...he got what he deserved. Hopefully though the news can move on from this story and people can start to heal.

June 25th, 2012, 12:22 PM
This will make a bad ass movie, and I can already smell a screen write coming along.

Thank God, though.

June 27th, 2012, 10:14 AM
Evil man. Very very.

June 27th, 2012, 10:45 AM
He's appealing his charges, saying his law team didn't have enough time to pre-pair for tail.. Like come on, you're not going to get a lesser sentence.. What he did was sick, he violated the trust he had built with parents, was a local hero.. Now he'll have some time in there with Bubba.

Payback is a bitch :)

July 31st, 2012, 04:05 AM
After the issue, there was a statement from Penn State Football Team, here it goes:

"This team is sticking together. We aren’t going anywhere. And we could not be more proud to be Penn Staters now. We look at this as a great opportunity to have the ability to bring back not only a team but an entire university. This team has taken on more adversity than any team has faced in history which is a testament to our commitment to our teams character, our fans, and our university. One man didn’t build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down. This program was built on the backs of the thousands of great men who put on the Penn State uniform. Today it is no different.No sanction or politician can tear this team apart. No one can take away what this university means to us. We will stick together and create our own legacy. Our loyalty lies only with our teammates, coaches, fans and families. No one else.It’s not going to be easy but we know that we have acquired the strength that we have overcome and we will embrace our anger and burn it as fuel this season.We can’t wait for September 1 and to be back in Beaver Stadium and playing for Penn State in front of the best fans in the nation. We ask everyone to come out, show the support, wear your colors proudly and show that adversity makes the Penn State nation tougher and stronger."

I admire them for having that point of view. And for a recent news, it was said that GM may have had all it wants from Penn State University, reports the AP. The automaker may be nearing a decision to pull all advertising from the school's football broadcasts, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse tragedy, which involved institutional cover-up by Penn State officers such as head football coach Joe Paterno. I found this here: General Motors leans toward cutting sponsor ties with Penn State (http://www.cardealexpert.com/news-information/auto-news/general-motors-penn-state/).

July 31st, 2012, 09:13 AM
I don't think sitting in a prison cell probably getting more luxuries than some people is what he deserves, the only true justice would be doing to him what he did to others .... But hey the law doesn't work like the unfortunately