Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty on 45 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 22, 2012

Photo Credit: AP
Photo Credit: AP

Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse on Friday in Bellefonte, Pa., according to the Associated Press.

Sandusky, the former Penn State football defensive coordinator, was found to have sexually abused 10 boys over a period of 15 years after eight young men testified against him in court, via the L.A. Times. According to CNN, via Bleacher Report, his conviction carries a maximum sentence of 442 years. He faces life in prison.

The jury used the testimony from a Penn State janitor and former graduate assistant Mike McQueary for the other two boys, per the AP.

The defense had countered that Sandusky's accusers made up their stories for financial gain.

Sandusky was arrested in November 2011, leading to the firing of then-head coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier. Athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are facing criminal charges for failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury, via the AP.

According to a grand-jury report, via The Patriot-News, McQueary saw Sandusky sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in one of Penn State's locker-room showers. The incident was later deemed to have happened in 2001 (via ESPN). It was one of many allegations that sent shockwaves throughout the Penn State community and beyond when news first broke last November.

According to lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III, via the AP, the testimony of the young men convinced the jury that Sandusky was a "predatory pedophile."

According to the AP, one of Sandusky's accusers testified that Sandusky would molest him in locker-room showers and at hotels, giving him gifts to keep him quiet. He also said the 68-year-old sent him "creepy love letters."

Sandusky's sentencing will take place in about 90 days, per USA Today.