Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces life in prison following his conviction late Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
Sandusky, 65, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after being found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Sentencing will be in about three months, but mandatory minimums will keep him behind bars for life.
Sandusky, a retired defensive coach who was once Paterno’s heir apparent, showed little emotion as the verdict was read.
There were only three acquittals among the charges related to 10 victims, eight of whom took the stand to describe fondling, forced oral sex and anal rape. Many of the accusers testified that they had told no one of the abuse that dated as far back as the mid-1990s — not parents, not girlfriends and not police.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly spoke immediately after the verdict, praising the victims for the courage to testify. She said she hopes the verdict “helps these victims heal and helps other victims of abuse to come forward.”
Attorneys Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin, who represent some of the victims of Sandusky’s sexual abuse, including Victim 3 and Victim 7 who testified in the trial, said in a statement their clients are “relieved and grateful” about the verdict.