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Juror Tells NBC's Today Show He Knew Sandusky Was Guilty by Look on His Face

on June 23, 2012 11:00 AM

BELLEFONTE – A juror in the Jerry Sandusky trial told NBC’s Today show Saturday he knew the former Penn State defensive coordinator was guilty by looking at his face as the verdict counts were being read to him.

"I looked at him during the reading of the verdict, and the look on his face, no real emotion, just kind of accepting, you know, because he knew it was true," juror Joshua Harper told NBC.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 of 48 counts related to child sex abuse counts Friday night at the Centre County Courthouse. He was taken away in handcuffs and taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility. Reports surfaced Saturday that Sandusky was on suicide watch in jail.

Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s attorney, said he plans to appeal the verdict.

The 12-person jury was comprised of seven women and five men, several of whom had ties to Penn State. They chose not to speak after the verdict was announced Friday.

Harper said there had been some disagreement on some of the charges before the jury reached its decision after more than 21 hours of deliberating.

"We looked at some inconsistencies in some of the testimony and we wanted to reconcile those and make sure that wouldn't discredit the testimony. And so we worked through those things systematically as a jury," he told NBC.

Harper said the male victims who testified in the trial that they had been abused by Sandusky appeared to be telling the truth.

"I think there were a couple that I felt (were) very credible. I mean, it's hard to judge character on the stand, because you don't know these kids, but most were very credible, I would say all," Harper said.

Jury deliberations were under way Thursday when Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, also accused the former coach of sexually abusing him.

Jurors did not learn of that allegation until after reaching their verdict.

"We heard about it at the same time, and we were just looking at each other like we had suspected that, but we had no evidence of it. It just solidified our decision," Harper told NBC.

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