Jury finds Jerry Sandusky guilty on dozens of child sex abuse charges
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday on 45 of 48 counts related to sexual abuse of boys over a 15-year period.
Jurors delivered the verdict around 10 p.m. after deliberating for about 21 hours. There were convictions related to all 10 sexual abuse victims, with the three not-guilty verdicts applying to three different individuals.
Sandusky stood slightly hunched, looking down with his hand in his pocket but showing no visible emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out in court. His wife, Dottie, blinked back tears.
Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky’s bail and ordered his arrest. Video showed him leaving the courthouse in handcuffs and heading into a police car destined for the Centre County jail. He didn’t say anything as reporters asked if he had anything to say to the victims before he ducked into the back seat.
Cases like these, more than most, test my faith in some most uncomfortable ways. All at once, I find myself mustering sympathy for monsters like Sandusky because I can’t conceive of anyone being able to commit horrendous crimes like these without being completely consumed by a sickness I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy; and I find myself unable to forget that our Savior died for Jerry Sandusky too, and in doing so offers His forgiveness even for this; and I see pure evil in Sandusky and what he did, an evil about which, if punished and extinguished with the most extreme and unforgiving prejudice, I would still feel justice had not been done.
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