Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was at the center of a child sex abuse scandal that brought down legendary coach Joe Paterno, was found guilty on 45 of 48 charges against him yesterday. The 68-year-old Sandusky had his bail revoked and was immediately taken into custody, where he will initially be housed in solitary confinement. The charges carry sentences of between 60 and 442 years. He will be sentenced in 90 days.
The trial lasted less than two weeks, and the jury deliberated for just 20 hours. The trial featured extremely graphic testimony from victims, including tales of communal showers that degenerated into abuse, anal rape in the basement of the Sandusky home, and perhaps most heartbreaking of all, a mother who tearfully described her confusion about her son throwing away his underwear.
Additional charges could be filed against Sandusky. This week his 30-year-old adopted son claimed that Sandusky had abused him when he was a child.