The New York Times tweets that a jury has found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 counts with which he was charged. Sandusky was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing young boys.
It’s not yet clear what exactly the jury found Sandusky guilty of, but the jurors clearly found the prosecution’s case compelling. A number of now-young adults testified that Sandusky sexually abused them, and then-Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary also testified that he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower of a Penn State football locker room.
The evidence against Sandusky appeared to be overwhelming, with Sandusky looking guilty in his dealings with the press, particularly an infamous interview with Bob Costas. In an interview earlier Friday, Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, sounded resigned to the idea that his client would likely be convicted.
There are still plenty of details to sort out, but for Sandusky’s victims, this appears to be the beginning of the end. Sandusky will go directly to jail. His crimes carry a maximum sentence of 442 years, so barring a wild reversal, he won’t be coming out soon.
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