BELLEFONTE, Pa. — On Friday, Jerry Sandusky entered the Centre County Courthouse, as one of the greatest coaches ever in collegiate sports and then a few moments later, he is a Convicted child molester.
After two days of deliberations, Sandusky was found guilty by a jury of his peers, Friday for molesting several young boys.
Sandusky was convicted on 45 out of 48 criminal counts related to the alleged assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period. The allegations led to the ouster of the late Penn State University president and long-time coach Joe Paterno, who died in January.
Prosecutors said Sandusky was a “predatory pedophile” and a “sick, disturbed man,” who targeted “the most vulnerable kids, kids in need.”
Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said Sandusky was the victim of a grand conspiracy and that prosecutors provided no physical evidence to prove he had molested anyone. Because of the allegations, “everything [Jerry Sandusky] ever loved, everything he’s ever built, and everything he’s ever stood for — it’s gone,” Amendola said.
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