Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty Of 45 Of 48 Child Sex Abuse Charges


UPDATED: Saturday June 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges on Friday night.

Sandusky, 68, was accused of sexually assaulting 10 young men over a 15-year period, 10TV News reported.

On Thursday, a judge threw out three of 52 charges and a fourth was dropped by prosecutors. Sandusky pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Charges against Sandusky included corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

News of the accusations against Sandusky rocked the Penn State University community, the board fired legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier four days after Sandusky’s November arrest because of furor over the way the scandal was handled by university staff.

Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, both accused of perjury and failing to report the suspected child abuse, both stepped down from their posts.

On Friday, Sandusky's defense lawyer Joe Amendola told reporters inside the Centre County Courthouse that he would "probably die of a heart attack" if his client beats all the charges. He called it "a daunting, daunting case" and likened it to climbing Mount Everest.

The attorney's 15-minute interview ended with him being summoned into the chambers of Judge John Cleland, who has presided over the two-week trial. Cleland has issued a gag order barring lawyers from discussing the case.

The jury, meanwhile, was talking behind closed doors and planned to continue deliberating through dinner.

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