Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Sandusky Found Guilty on 45 of 48 Counts of Child Sex Abuse
Updated at 11:45 p.m.
BELLEFONTE – Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night on 45 of 48 charges he sexually abused boys.
His sentencing will occur in no more than 90 days. His bail was revoked, and he was taken in handcuffs to the Centre County Correctional Facility after 10 p.m. Friday night.
At least two members of the Sandusky family hung their heads, but Jerry's wife, Dottie, did not cry as her husband was escorted out of the courtroom.
Sandusky showed no reaction.
Joe Amendola, Sandusky's attorney, said he wasn't surprised by the verdict, which was announced inside Courtroom 1 at the Centre County Courthouse.
"Look, from the beginning, we knew what we were facing, Amendola said. "The surprise would have been the other.
"I don't have any problem with the verdict of the jury. We had a good jury."
An appeal is not out of the question, Amendola said. "There's a number of issues" to be considered, he said.
The jury of seven women and five men declined to be interviewed, but several people issued statements immediately following Sandusky's conviction:
Gov. Tom Corbett:
“First, I want to thank the jury for their willingness to serve on such a difficult case.
“I also want to commend the multiple victims in this case who had the courage to come forward and testify in court, confronting Sandusky, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these reprehensible crimes.
“The agents and prosecutors of the Attorney General’s Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, also deserve a great deal of credit for today’s verdict. They pursued every lead, gathering evidence from multiple victims, in order to bring this man to justice."
Penn State President Rodney Erickson:
“Today Penn State learned that a verdict was reached in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald Sandusky. Mr. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of the 48 charges filed against him.
“The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing.
“The Board of Trustees and current administration maintain a steadfast commitment to pursuing the truth regarding Mr. Sandusky’s actions. While we cannot change what happened, we can and do accept the responsibility to take action on the societal issue of child sexual abuse—both in our community and beyond.
“The University is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe for children and to being a constructive participant in building greater awareness of child sexual abuse and the practical steps that can be undertaken to prevent, report and respond to such abuse.
“The University has already established a confidential counseling process for victims of Mr. Sandusky’s conduct, and that process remains open. (For further information, please visit (http://live.psu.edu/story/58590.) While counseling is critical, some victims have sought and continue to seek a direct dialogue with the University to discuss the University's responsibility for Mr. Sandusky's actions.
“Now that the jury has spoken, the University wants to continue that dialogue and do its part to help victims continue their path forward. To that end, the University plans to invite victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse to participate in a program to facilitate the resolution of claims against the University arising out of Mr. Sandusky's conduct.
“The purpose of the program is simple – the University wants to provide a forum where the University can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims' concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the University. Counsel to the University plan to reach out to counsel to the victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse in the near future with additional details."
The Paterno family:
“Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today's verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families.”
“We know the scars these victims bear can’t be erased in the courtroom … We hope they can start to heal. These kids need our support, they need our help. And we must not turn our backs on child sexual abuse cases.
“This is an institutional, a family, a community, issue. We believe that justice have been served.”
Earlier at 10:15 p.m.
BELLEFONTE – Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night on 45 of 48 charges he sexually abused boys he met through his charity, The Second Mile.
Sandusky's sentencing will occur in approximately 90 days, and he will immediately report to the Centre County Correctional Facility.
"I don't have any problem with the verdict of the jury," said Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola. "We had a good jury."