Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted Friday of sexually abusing various boys.
An except from the New York Times article of June 22, titled “Penn State’s Sandusky Convicted of Sexually Abusing Young Boys” :
A jury in Centre County Court convicted Sandusky, 68, of sexually assaulting 10 boys, all of them children from disadvantaged homes whom Sandusky, using his access to the university’s vaunted football program, had befriended and then repeatedly violated. The jury, seven women and five men, more than half with ties to Penn State, returned a verdict on the second day of deliberation.
Sandusky stood stoically as the jury foreman read off the verdicts on the 48 counts against him. The foreman said guilty 45 times. Many of the charges, which include rape and sodomy, carry significant prison terms, and it seems likely that Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Sandusky was taken into custody after the verdicts were read.
People expressed shock that a man they knew as a committed and selfless coach, a prominent fund-raiser for charity and a gregarious father figure to scores of aspiring football players and ordinary children alike could be capable of such crimes. Many, at least initially, refused to believe it.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the New York Times article mentioned above, as well as the Chicago Tribune article of June 23 titled “Sandusky found guilty of most sex abuse charges.”