A verdict has been reached in the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict. Sandusky, his attorneys, and the prosecutors were all summoned to the court to hear the verdict late Friday night.
Sandusky had been charged with 48 counts of sex abuse against 10 boys.
At 9:50 pm, the judge read the verdict to Sandusky and his team. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts. Sandusky’s bail was revoked and he was remanded into custody following the reading of the verdict, as the judge denied the motion to have Sandusky remain free on bail until sentencing. He now faces a life sentence.
The jurors had begun their work early this morning by reviewing the testimony of prosecution witness Michael McQueary, a Penn State assistant football coach, and McQueary family friend Jonathan Dranov.
Later Friday, the jurors had asked for clarification about rules related to charges involving a 2000 incident where Sandusky was allegedly seen by a janitor in a university shower room sexually assaulting a young boy. The account had been relayed by co-worker Ronald Petrosky, as the janitor who allegedly saw the incident did not testify because he now suffers from dementia. Judge John Cleland instructed the jury that the account relayed through the third person was not enough on it’s own to sustain a conviction.
When asked how he thought the verdict would come back, Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney Joe Amendola stated , “Look at the odds against him, I’ll probably die of a heart attack if he is acquitted of every charge.”
It would appear that Amendola’s guess was correct.
The two-week trial will be remembered for the graphic tales of abuse that included everything from Sandusky playing “tickle monster” in the shower to oral and anal sex on boys as young as 8 years old. Some of the testimony given were by alleged victims who are now grown men.
The charges and verdicts were:
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse – Guilty on 8 of 9 counts
Indecent Assault – Guilty on 7 of 9 counts
Criminal Intent to Commit Indecent Assault – Guilty on 1 of 1 count
Unlawful Contact with Minors – Guilty on 9 of 9 counts
Corruption of Minors – Guilty on 10 of 10 counts
Endangering Welfare of Children – Guilty on 10 of 10 counts