A jury in Centre County, Pa has convicted former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing children over the course of two decades while a coach and coach emeritus at Penn State.
A jury comprised of seven women and five men deliberated for two days, finding Sandusky guilty of 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse against ten boys in a case that brought national attention to the issue of child sexual abuse and has rocked the community surrounding State College, Pa.
Allegations of a cover-up of Sandusky's crimes by high ranking Penn State officials led to the firing of longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who died several months later at the age of 85. Perjury charges against two Penn State administrators who allegedly lied to a grand jury about their knowledge of the sexual abuse are still pending. It is likely that former Penn State University President Graham Spanier will also be charged after emails suggesting Spanier and other administrators deemed it "humane" not to contact authorities after Sandusky was seen sexually assaulting a boy in the Penn State football building.
Once hailed as a hero in central Pennsylvania where his defenses anchored two Penn State national title teams, Sandusky now faces the near certain prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.
A large crowd, many wearing Penn State football attire, gathered around the courthouse in Bellefonte. They cheered when "guilty" was the verdict.