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Jerry Sandusky, former PSU assistant, guilty of sex crimes

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Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State assistant who coached scores of NFL defenders in his three decades at the university, was found guilty on 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 accusations against the 68-year-old Sandusky shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

Sandusky, the once heir-apparent to Paterno, showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola says Sandusky is disappointed by the verdict. Many of the charges carry mandatory minimum sentences that will keep Sandusky behind bars for decades. Amendola calls it a "life sentence."

Prosecutors argued Sandusky found victims through his charity for at-risk children, The Second Mile. They say he gave them gifts and took them on trips as he groped them or forced them into sex.

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.

Sandusky rose to prominence as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Penn State, which was dubbed "Linebacker U" during his tenure. Defensive players during his time at Penn State include NFL stars Jack Ham, Matt Millen and LaVar Arrington.

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who was at Penn State from 2002-05, sent the following tweet Friday: "Jerry should be torn from every Penn State football history book. Pray the victims can now begin the healing process."

Sandusky's son, Jon, is the director of player personnel with the Cleveland Browns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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