Saturday, June 23, 2012
Jerry Sandusky, AKA, the Monster of Happy Valley, was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse on Friday.
Sandusky, 68, the retired defensive coordinator for Pennsylvania State University’s football team who was once thought to be in line to succeed the revered head coach Joe Paterno, was charged with 48 counts of child sex abuse — some victims were as young as 8 years of age.
The victims testified they met Sandusky through the Second Mile, a charity Sandusky founded for underprivileged youth in 1977. Many shared similar stories of the former coach groping their naked bodies in football locker room showers or raping them in the basement of his State College home.
One gruesome incident was described by former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary who testified he saw Sandusky in 2001 sodomizing a boy in a locker room shower.
Jurors took 20 hours over two days to reach a verdict. This followed an excruciating eight-day trial in which they heard from eight accusers who said Jerry Sandusky had molested them as boys during a period spanning from the mid-1990s until 2009.
Sentencing is expected in September and could carry as many as 400 years meaning Sandusky will spend the rest of his miserable life in a 6’x8′ jail cell.