Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts

Published 06/22 2012 09:20PM

Updated 06/22 2012 10:59PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse Friday night and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in state prison.
Sandusky was immediately remanded into custody.

Sandusky, 68, the former longtime defensive coordinator at Penn State, had denied all 48 counts alleging that he abused 10 boys over 15 years. Two grand jury reports accused him of having used his connection to one of the nation's premier college football programs to "groom" the boys, whom he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled children, for sexual relationships.

Several of the counts are so-called mandated felonies, meaning McKean County (Pa.) Senior Judge John Cleland has no discretion in sentencing. NBC News reported that he faces a minimum of 60 years in prison.

Cleland was brought to Centre County to oversee the trial after local judges recused themselves.

The trial, which opened June 11, culminated months of intense attention that led to the firing of head coach Joe Paterno, who won more games than any other major college football coach in history, many of them with Sandusky at his side.

Paterno died exactly five months ago, a few weeks after the Penn State Board of Trustees dismissed him for not having done enough to stop Sandusky's alleged abuse.

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