US college football coach Sandusky convicted of sex abuse

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US college football coach Sandusky convicted of sex abuse

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A US jury has found former Penn State university American football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 out of 48 sex abuse charges.

Jurors believed accusations Sandusky had abused 15 boys over a period of 10 years.

Many are happy with the prosecution team’s performance not far from the the Penn State campus, where Sandusky had a strong reputation and was known for charity work. The prosecutor praised the victims.

Praising the bravery of the victims, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said: “This trial was not something that they sought, but rather, something that forced them to face the demons of their past, and to reveal what happened to them and their childhood when they met Jerry Sandusky.”

Sandusky now faces a possible sentence of hundreds of years in prison, though he maintains his innocence and his defence teams says it will appeal.

The scandal led to the sacking of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who had won more games than any other major college coach. Paterno died of lung cancer two months later.