Ex-Penn St. assistant Sandusky convicted of abuse

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 counts at his child sex abuse trial. Jurors announced the verdict Friday after weighing 48 charges accusing him of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The prosecution attempted to paint Sandusky as a predator who earned the trust of his alleged victims before taking advantage of them.

"What you should do is come out and say to the defendant that he molested and abused and give them back their souls," Senior Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan III said to the jury during closing arguments Thursday. "I give them to you. Acknowledge and give them justice."

Sandusky, 67, was charged with 48 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys. The charges are:

  • Involuntary sexual intercourse (nine counts)
  • Corruption of a minor (10 counts)
  • Endangering a child's welfare (10 counts)
  • Unlawful contact with a minor (nine counts)
  • Indecent assault (nine counts)
  • Attempted indecent assault (one count)

The number of charges originally stood at 52, but Judge John Cleland ordered Thursday that all three charges related to "alleged victim 4" be dropped. Cleland explained that one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse duplicated another charge, and the testimony did not support the other charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.

Prosecutors dropped the fourth charge - unlawful contact with a minor - earlier this week because the statute on which that charge was based wasn't in effect on the date of the alleged incident.

The accusers reportedly met the former Penn State football coach through his charity, The Second Mile. Sandusky established The Second Mile as a foundation that helped children from troubled or single-parent families.

The abuse allegedly occurred at university facilities, Sandusky's home and during trips to the team's road games in a 15-year span, dating back to 1994.

Sandusky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, has said he was also a victim.