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Sandusky trial: Jurors reach a verdict

Jerry Sandusky

June 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jurors in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial have reached a verdict after directing questions to the judge Friday.

The verdict will be read at 9:45 p.m. EDT. Sandusky is charged with 51 criminal counts for alleged abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. The jury heard from eight accusers who say Sandusky molested them. They also heard about two other alleged victims whose identities remain unknown to investigators.

Earlier in the day the jurors wanted more information about a boy called Victim 8 in court records. Judge John Cleland told jurors during a short courtroom meeting that they must be satisfied there is other evidence other than statements from a witness.

A man testified last week that his co-worker, a Penn State University janitor, told him he saw Sandusky having sex with a child in November 2000 in a locker room.

Jurors on Friday also listened again to testimony from a key prosecution witness, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, about an unknown boy alleged assaulted by Sandusky inside a football facility shower.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, using his charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile, as a source of victims.

During the trial, the jury heard from eight accusers who claim Sandusky engaging in sexual contact ranging from kissing and fondling to forced oral or anal sex.

Sandusky has repeatedly denied the allegations. The defense portrayed him as the hapless victim of a conspiracy to convict him of heinous crimes. They explain the 48 charges against him as the result of an investigatory team out for blood and accusers who willingly played along in hopes of securing a big payday.

Shortly after the jury began deliberations Thursday, attorneys for Sandusky's 33-year-old adopted son, Matt, dropped a bombshell, saying he'd been abused by the former coach and had been prepared to testify against him if called to the stand.

Sequestered during deliberations, the jury was under orders from Judge John Cleland to ponder only the case placed in their hands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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