Breaking News: Sandusky Jury Has Reached a VerdictPosted: June 22, 2012
UPDATE: Guilty on 45 of 48 counts!
Jerry Sandusky has been remanded to custody and very likely will never get out of prison.
The jury in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a verdict, court officials announced.
Sandusky and his lawyers along with prosecutors have been summoned to court to hear the verdict.
The jury of seven women and five men were sequestered during deliberations.
Sandusky is charged with 48 counts of sex abuse against 10 boys he allegedly groomed through a charity he operated. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
I’ll update as I get more information.
As testimony in the trial concluded, Sandusky’s adopted son Matt revealed that he had also been a victim of abuse by his father.
Hours after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case went to the jury Thursday, one of the former Penn State assistant coach’s adopted children came forward with the bombshell accusation that his father abused him.
Attorneys for Matt Sandusky, 33, released a statement saying their client had been prepared to take the stand as a prosecution rebuttal witness and tell the jury his harrowing story.
“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse,” Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici said in the statement. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators.
This wasn’t surprising to anyone who has the most basic knowledge about pedophiles. I had long suspected it, because at the outset of the Penn State scandal, Matt Sandusky’s wife had requested and received a restraining order to keep Jerry Sandusky away from her children.
Jerry Sandusky had been planning to take the stand during his trial, but he changed his mind after a meeting in the judge’s chambers in which he was probably told that his son was willing testify against him in rebuttal.