Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was once the heir apparent to Joe Paterno, has been found guilty on 45 charges of sexual abuse.
The jury reached its verdict late tonight, determining that Sandusky abused 10 boys over a period of 15 years. He faces life in prison for his actions and will be sentenced in approximately three months.
In total, eight men testified in a Pennsylvania courtroom over the last few weeks, all of them recounting instances of Sandusky either kissing them, groping them, or engaging with them in oral and anal sex.
Sandusky never took the stand in his own defense, but his wife testified at the request of his lawyers and tried to paint a picture of a conspiracy against her husband.
However, the jurors chose to side with prosecturors, who described Sandusky as a “predatory pedophile” in closing arguments.
The abuse scandal also led to the removal of university president Graham Spanier, along with criminal charges against two university administrators for failing to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury.
After the jury was sequestered for deliberations, Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry’s adopted sons, came out and admitted he was also abused as a foster child living with the Sanduskys.