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They also accquited on counts of indecent assault related to Victims 5 and 6. Victim 6 was a boy whose mother sparked an investigation in 1998 when she discovered Sandusky showered with the boy.
Prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III asked Judge John M. Cleland to revoke Sandusky’s bail. The judge granted the request over defense attorney Joe Amendola’s objection.
Sandusky was sent to the Centre County jail and walked out accompanied by sheriff’s deupties. Outside the courthouse he was escorted in handcuffs to a vehicle and driven away.
“From the beginning, we knew what we were facing, so the surprise would have been the opposite,” Amedola said to reporters in the courtroom moments after the verdict..
“Sandusky said nothing after the verdict was delivered,” Amendola told reporters.
“I think Jerry was prepared for this,” he said.
Sandusky, 68, had been confined to his home under $250,000 bail since December.
Sandusky retired in 1999 from his position as defensive coordinator for Penn State, where he coached for more than three decades, helping earn the school a national reputation as “Linebacker U.”
The charges had a devastating impact on the university, with two former executives facing perjury charges for allegedly lying to the state grand jury that heard evidence against Sandusky.Paterno was fired and university President Graham Spanier forced out for their handling of a 2001 sexual abuse allegation against Sandusky, and the university has acknowledged that it and employees have received subpoenas from federal prosecutors.
Known nationally for his coaching and winning record under Paterno, Sandusky was also a local celebrity described in trial testimony as a saint for his work with at-risk children through The Second Mile, a charity he founded in 1977 and based in Centre County.
Sandusky and his wife Dottie adopted six children and were foster parents to several more, so allegations that Sandusky had taken advantage of the troubled boys about whom he professed to care deeply devastated the idyllic Centre County community where Penn State has its main campus.
During his seven-day trial in Centre County Court, prosecutors presented testimony from eight young men and other witnesses who described Sandusky touching, groping, bear hugging and forcing oral and anal sex on the boys.
The abuse, witnesses said, happened in a basement bedroom at Sandusky’s home near State College, Pa., in locker room showers on the Penn State campus, in hotels and on road trips with the Penn State football team.
The men, ranging in age from 18 to 28, testified they suffered in silence, some for more than a decade, because they were ashamed, scared and initially feared losing the father figure they found through their friendship with Sandusky.
One 25-year-old man, identified in court papers as Victim 3, said he felt abandoned by Sandusky when he was sent to live in a group home.
“I prayed that he would call me, find a way to get me out of there, adopt me or something,” the man said.
Each of the eight accusers who testified in court gave his name, but The Morning Call does not identify victims of sexual abuse.
In his closing argument, lead prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III told jurors he felt he had pieces of the 10 boys’ souls in his pocket, and asked jurors to acknowledge their loss.
“Give him the justice he really deserves. Find him guilty of everything,” McGettigan said.
Sandusky’s defense attorneys, Amendola and Karl Rominger, worked to create the impression that his accusers are motivated by the potential to tap Penn State’s coffers through lawsuits and asked in cross-examinations why the men had hired civil lawyers, noting some made more serious allegations after they did.
“If he did this he should rot in jail,” Amendola said. “But what if he didn’t do these things? His life is destroyed.”
The defense team also cast doubt on the integrity of the state police investigation that led to charges against Sandusky.
In a move that appeared to catch prosecutors off guard, defense attorneys confronted a pair of state troopers who led the investigation with a recording in which one was heard to share details of other accusers’ statements with the 28-year-old man known as Victim 4.
Sandusky’s lawyers put a family friend of former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary on the witness stand to cast doubt on McQueary’s report about the night in 2001 he saw Sandusky in a locker room shower with a 10- to 12-year-old boy.
In two hours of testimony early in the trial, McQueary said he saw Sandusky with his genitals pressed against the boy’s rear end and had no doubt what he witnessed was sexual.
But Dr. Jonathan Dranov, summoned for advice after McQueary reported the scene to his father, said McQueary never mentioned a specific sexual act.
Sandusky’s wife Dottie also testified in his defense, telling jurors she never saw anything inappropriate between her husband and the boys who became like family in the years after Sandusky founded a charity for at-risk youth called The Second Mile.
Dottie Sandusky said she remembered fondly most of the boys who testified against her husband and rebutted points of their testimony. Notably, she told the jury that her home’s basement, where some of the abuse was alleged to have taken place, is not soundproof.
Sandusky was widely expected to testify in his own defense until Wednesday when his attorneys abruptly rested their case. Attorneys for Sandusky’s 33-year-old adopted son Matthew said he revealed to prosecutors in the midst of the trial that Sandusky had abused him and that he was prepared to testify for the prosecution.
Citing sources, NBC News reported Thursday Matthew Sandusky’s willingness to testify was pivotal in Jerry Sandusky’s decision not to take the stand.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
his path of destiny = 41 = Jerry Sandusky is a menace to society who sexually abused children.
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