After 20 hours of deliberation, one sequestered night and two conferences with the judge to review the evidence, the jury has returned its verdict: Jerry Sandusky is guilty of sexual abuse of ten young boys he was mentoring through his charity program.
The allegations that Jerry Sandusky, a former football coach for the Penn State University team, sexually assaulted young boys under the indifferent eye of the Penn State football program captured the nation’s attention. Now that Sandusky has been tried and convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault against Pennsylvania children, the integrity that once defined the Penn State football program is once again in doubt.
The defense rested their case after a mere two and a half days of witnesses, as compared to the week of testimony from the prosecution. Most of those witnesses testified as to Sandusky’s good character and selfless nature; however, some attempted to undermine the credibility of key prosecution witnesses like Mike McQueary.
Once the prosecution started to put on its case, the testimony grew more disturbing by the day. Alleged victims took the stand and recalled that the former football coach molested them in his basement and bribed them with candy and gifts to stay quiet. Colleague Mike McQueary gave chilling testimony of the now infamous shower scene between Sandusky and a young boy. While the defense tried to attack the credibility of the witnesses, the sordid details kept coming out. Jurors were spotted weeping during the emotional testimony of some of the alleged victims.
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday October 9, 2012, to at least 30 years in prison – effectively a life sentence. During the sentencing hearing Sandusky continued to profess his innocence, while three of his victims spoke about the devastation caused by his attacks.
According to defense attorney Joe Amendola, Sandusky will appeal his conviction by arguing that the prosecution rushed into trial and the defense did not have adequate time to prepare.