Friday, June 22, 2012

Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts - The Daily Collegian Online

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse on Friday after being found guilty in his sexual abuse trial, in Bellefonte. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years Friday,

Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse against him on Friday, after about 21 hours of deliberation.

His bail has been revoked and he will be taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility

He was found not guilty of only three charges – counts 5, 24 and 29. Sentencing will occur in about 90 days.

Sandusky maintained his innocence on all of the charges through his trial through various interviews and through his attorneys. He did not testify during the proceedings.

Sandusky entered the courtroom to hear the verdict with his two attorneys at 9:50 Friday night. The jury entered the room and began reading the verdict at 9:55 p.m.

Juror number four, a man, was the chairman of the jury who led the proceedings and read the verdict.

Over eight days, jurors heard more than 50 witnesses – including eight of men who said Sandusky sexually abused them after meeting them through his charity, The Second Mile. Sandusky founded The Second Mile in 1977 to help underprivileged children.

After Sandusky was arrested in November, notable Penn State employees lost their jobs as a result of the way they handled the alleged abuse when they were informed about it including former head football coach Joe Paterno and former University President Graham Spanier.

Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President for Business and Finance Gary Schultz are charged with perjuring themselves in front of the grand jury that was investigating the case and for not reporting the alleged abuse when it was allegedly reported to them that Sandusky was in the shower with a young boy on Penn State’s campus.

During the trial, Senior Judge John Cleland dismissed three of the charges against Sandusky and prosecutors withdrew one charge -- unlawful contact with a minor - sexual offenses, according to court documents -- because of the dates provided in the testimony of the person referred to as “Victim 7."

Going into the trial, Sandusky was charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse, but by the end, jurors only deliberated over 48 counts.

Sandusky was first arraigned Nov. 5 and charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse involving eight boys. On Dec. 7 he was arraigned again and charged with an additional 12 counts of child sex abuse, after two additional individuals came forward saying Sandusky abused them.


No comments:

Post a Comment