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Jerry Sandusky Guilty: Your Thoughts on the Verdict?

Jerry Sandusky will probably spend the rest of his life in prison. Do you agree with the verdict? Vote in our poll.

Disgraced ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was declared guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse Friday night, resulting in a likely de facto life sentence for the 68-year-old.

The guilty verdicts, including 25 felony counts, could add up to 442 years in prison.

Sandusky, dressed in a brown sports coat, was immediately taken into custody and led from the courthouse in handcuffs.

The jury—which included many people with close ties to Penn State University—deliberated for only 20 hours, making a guilty verdict seem like a foregone conclusion.

The two-week trial featured damning testimony against Sandusky, who was accused of performing anal and oral sex on boys as young as 8 years old. Even Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, said his father abused him as well, though his accusations weren't part of the trial.

Despite the lack of physical evidence and the time that had elapsed since the commission of the crimes, Sandusky's attorneys were unable to discredit the eight accusers. They declined to put their client on the stand.

“I feel, like many others, that the rapidity which with this jury has reached [a verdict] makes it all but certain it should be a guilty verdict,” Michael Boni, attorney for “Victim No. 1” told CNN’s Piers Morgan minutes before the decision was announced.

Even Sandusky’s own legal team didn’t expect an acquittal. Earlier Friday, Sandusky’s attorney Joseph Amendola said he would “probably die of a heart attack” if the ex-coach was found not guilty.

Tell us: Did the jury reach the right verdict? Vote in the poll; sound off in the comments.

Patch Reader June 23, 2012 at 02:36 AM
A just verdict if there ever was one. May the victims find some sort of peace knowing that their victimizer will NEVER be able to hurt another child.
MicheleM June 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I was concerned that he would walk, the judge is part of Second Mile, nine of the jurors have ties to Penn State and Second Mile. I am delighted the jury was able to reach the guilty verdict. He hurt so many so deeply, at least there will be no new victims.
Dan Reynolds June 23, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Justice has been served but everyone needs to remember that we all can play a role in preventing child sexual abuse. Don't let this leave your mind just because the trial is over.
Lauren Burgoon June 23, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Well said - the prosecutor rightly noted that child sexual abuse is a crime that thrives in silence. There are a lot of resources if you know or suspect abuse: 1-800-4-A-CHILD and http://www.childhelp.org are good places to start, in addition to local resources.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Seems like a good time to link to Lauren's excellent series on victims of sexual assault: http://bit.ly/O7rj8k. Take a look; unfortunately, this kind of stuff happens in more places than just on TV...
Eva Burgess June 23, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Justice has been served finally! Thanks to God. Now if jurors would get the verdicts right pertaining to the children molested by priests and teachers at the Catholic schools. As a Roman Catholic I am disgusted with late Cardinal and Father Lynn. Father Lynn gave excuses that the Cardinal would not do anything and he (Fr. Lynn) transferred them. Fr. Lynn was OBLIGATED TO REPORT TO THE POLICE, NOT AS A PRIEST ONLY BUT AS A HUMAN BEING..No excuse. The Cardinal has faced God thankfully.
Michelle Wolfson June 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I am curious to know what the 3 people who voted "no" would like to have seen as the outcome? The only way the verdict could have been more just, would be guilty on all 48 counts instead of only 45! Now, if only there could be such justice for his wife, who I have no doubt turned a blind eye all those years, and to the PSU administration who completely failed those children on every level, and who kept this sick bastard in their employ knowing full-well what a monster he was! Just as the Catholic Church has done, they put the institution above the safety and welfare of children- despicable!
Ed June 23, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Now that sandusky is guilty, time to go after Penn State. Make them pay for what they did to thoses poor victims. How could anyone support the football program after all this. They are just as bad for letting that scumbag prey on children.
Just doing what's right June 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Amen to this verdict.
TwoCents June 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Time also to begin looking at the very real obsession with sports and an unspoken belief that for some reason these people are to be protected for the sake of the institution/team or are somehow above the law by virtue of their involvement...
Porterincollingswood June 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Because he won their favorite school a bunch of football games. That's why.
Porterincollingswood June 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Ed, I'd suspect a civil suit is already in the works and the University will be eager to pay and make this go away. There are going to be a few interesting follow-up investigations - most interesting maybe Tom Crobett's actions or lack thereof while he was AG.
Heide June 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
The news said he had no physical reaction when the verdict was read. I'm hoping his conscious feels utter relief that he is getting what he deserves.
Julie Chu June 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
About this Father Lynn issue; my French friend, Pierre, would say: You, Americans, are so dumb, we, French, would never leave any young boys or girls alone with the priest since we know better.
fran June 23, 2012 at 02:16 PM
thank god !! Now go after Penn state !!!!!
Maryann Campling June 23, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The stories never seem to end...A Rabbi orchestrating his wife's murder, ministers charge with pornography, priests defiling young kids, scout leaders and coaches involved with henious acts....and don't forget our illustrious politicians...I swear that the planet Earth is the insane asylum of the Universe. These creeps should be locked in a small room with men, preferably relatives of the abused, for just 15 minutes.....they'd cry like a little girl!
Barbara J Miller June 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I'm so glad the jury took the high road and pronounced Sandusky guilty. With so many jurors connected to Penn State I had my doubts, but they came through and I applaud them. I do believe there's a lot more to uncover before full justice has been served. And hopefully it will be done. This should be an eye opener to everyone. Sandusky monsters are everywhere, this is not an isolated case !!! Listen to your children, you owe it to them, even if it turns out to be nothing. I hope the Sandusky victims can somehow in someway start to heal. This is my personal opinion. I believe Sandusky has been doing this his entire life and I believe his wife knew !!!
Loretka June 23, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The correct verdict. I hope they don't spend any more taxpayer's money on appeals. I really don't see any grounds for appeal to be granted. And then there is the fact that one of his adopted sons has come forth now and claimed Sandusky sexually abused him - but this was not allowed to be part of evidence in this trial. If appeal is granted, I hope he can testify.
Elizabeth Estes June 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I woner why he estabished that charity--so he could have 'easy pickins'? Packrat
Barbara J Miller June 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
You know it is.....the dirty scum bag. That's how he got away with it all these years and he got lots of help through the cover ups.
carol spaits June 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Verdict was correct! Hope he rots in prison!
Barbara J Miller June 24, 2012 at 07:16 PM
You're so right.....the verdict was right and he deserves to rot in prison. He should not be in a cell where's he's protected either, he belongs with the rest of the population where he has to fear for his life every minute of it. Just think of the fear his victims went through and are still going through......no new trial either he was found guilty of 45 out of 48 charges, there's no new jury on the land going to come in and shoot that verdict down, if they do then justice will never be served again on this planet !!!
Joe October 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Why does getting money from Penn State help people feel better? All it does it hurt people that are going there or will go there in the future. Lock up the people who commited the crimes that's it. It's not always about the money. Unless you're a lawyer. If these people worked for Joe Blows Rag Shop there wouldn't be a case. If there is no money there is no lawyer.


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