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BELLEFONTE, Pa. Dannell Ellerbe Womens Jersey . -- For years, the children Jerry Sandusky had preyed upon kept quiet about what the former Penn State assistant football coach did to them in echoing shower stalls, empty hotel rooms and the muffled confines of his basement bedroom. After a swift trial and less than two days of deliberations, a jury issued an emphatic verdict late Friday: Sandusky was guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse, meaning the man once considered a successor to coach Joe Paterno will likely die in prison. The verdict is not the end of the scandal that took down Paterno and deeply shook the states most prominent university. It will play out for years in courtrooms and through a set of ongoing investigations. CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT MAY BE DISTURBING But the trial did present one piece of finality: Sandusky was taken away in handcuffs to the county jail. Sentencing will be in about three months, but mandatory minimums will keep him behind bars for life. "One of the recurring themes in this case was, Who would believe a kid?" Attorney General Linda Kelly said. "The answer is, we in Bellefonte, Pa., would believe a kid." Sandusky, a retired defensive coach, showed little emotion as the verdict was read, giving his wife, Dottie, and family members a half-wave as the county sheriff led him away. There were only three acquittals among the charges related to 10 victims, eight of whom took the stand to describe fondling, forced oral sex and anal rape. Many of the accusers testified that they had told no one of the abuse that dated as far back as the mid-1990s -- not parents, not girlfriends and not police. The accuser known in court papers as Victim 6, whose mother alerted authorities in 1998 after Sandusky took her son into a shower, broke down in tears upon hearing the verdicts in the courtroom. Afterward, a prosecutor embraced him and said, "Did I ever lie to you?" The man, now 25, testified that Sandusky called himself the "tickle monster" in a shower assault. He declined to comment to a reporter afterward. His mother said: "Nobody wins. Weve all lost." One of the three counts for which Sandusky was acquitted concerned Victim 6, an indecent assault charge. The man testified that Sandusky had given him a bear hug in the shower but at one point he just "blacked out." The other acquittals were an indecent assault charge related to Victim 5, who said Sandusky fondled him in the shower, and an involuntary deviate sexual intercourse charge regarding Victim 2, the boy graduate assistant Mike McQueary saw being attacked in a campus shower. That charge resulted in an acquittal because McQueary did not see penetration, juror Joshua Harper told NBCs "Today" on Saturday. But, Harper said, McQueary made it apparent he saw something "that was wrong and extremely sexual." Almost immediately after the judge adjourned, loud cheers could be heard from a couple hundred people gathered outside the courthouse as word quickly spread that Sandusky had been convicted. The crowd included victim advocates and local residents with their kids. Many held up their smartphones to take pictures as people filtered out of the building. As Sandusky was placed in the cruiser to be taken to jail, someone yelled at him to "rot in hell!" Others hurled insults and he shook his head no in response. Defence lawyer Joe Amendola was interrupted by cheers from the crowd on the courthouse steps when he said, "The sentence that Jerry will receive will be a life sentence." In addition to the eight who testified, there were two yet-unidentified victims for whom prosecutors relied on testimony from a university janitor and McQueary, whose account of a sexual encounter between Sandusky and a boy of about 10 years old ultimately led to the Paternos dismissal and the university presidents ouster. Sandusky did not take the stand in his own defence. After the verdict was announced, defence lawyer Karl Rominger said it was "a tough case" with a lot of charges and that an appeal was certain. He said the defence team "didnt exactly have a lot of time to prepare." The ex-coach had repeatedly denied the allegations, and his defence suggested that his accusers had a financial motive to make up stories, years after the fact. His lawyers also painted Sandusky as the victim of overzealous police investigators who coached the alleged victims into giving accusatory statements. One accuser testified that Sandusky molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games. He also said Sandusky had sent him "creepy love letters." Another spoke of forced oral sex and instances of rape in the basement of Sanduskys home, including abuse that left him bleeding. He said he once tried to scream for help, knowing that Sanduskys wife was upstairs, but figured the basement must be soundproof. Another, a foster child, said Sandusky warned that he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. And just hours after the case went to jurors, lawyers for one of Sanduskys six children, Matt, said he had told authorities that his father abused him. Matt Sandusky had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors, his lawyers said in a statement. The lawyers said they arranged for Matt Sandusky to meet with law enforcement officials but did not explain why he didnt testify. "This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy," the statement said. It didnt go into details about his allegations. Defence witnesses, including Dottie Sandusky, described Sanduskys philanthropic work with children over the years, and many spoke in positive terms about his reputation in the community. Prosecutors had portrayed those efforts as an effective means by which Sandusky could camouflage his molestation as he targeted boys who were the same age as participants in The Second Mile, a charity he founded in the 1970s for at-risk youth. Sanduskys arrest in November led the Penn State trustees to fire Paterno as head coach, saying he exhibited a lack of leadership after fielding a report from McQueary. The scandal also led to the ouster of university president Graham Spanier and criminal charges against two university administrators for failing to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury. The two administrators, athletic director Tim Curley and now-retired vice-president Gary Schultz, are fighting the allegations and await trial. The family of Paterno, who died exactly five months before Sanduskys conviction, released a statement saying: "Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, todays verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families." In a statement, Penn State praised the accusers who testified and said that it planned to invite the victims of Sanduskys abuse to participate in a private program to address their concerns and compensate them for claims related to the school. 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But she broke Makarova in the 10th game of the second set to level the match and soon jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. Ray Rice Super Bowl Jersey . The Canucks, who have won three straight, enter tonight trailing idle Minnesota by just one point for the division lead. Vancouver has put pressure on the Wild over the past month, compiling a 12-2-1 record over its last 15 games.In the off season, "Team A" added a relatively inexperienced closer, a few veteran journeymen relievers, a back-up catcher and a fourth outfielder. "Team B" went on a spending spree adding an MVP candidate at shortstop, a top-notch starting pitcher and a blue chip closer. Team A kept its payroll in the $70 to $80 million range. Team B opening up a beautiful new ballpark, bumped its payroll to $101 million and added a flamboyant new manager, who had a World Series title under his belt. Team A got off to a modest start, going 27 and 24 over the first two months. Team B got off to a slow start, then set a franchise record by going 21-8 in May and looked like a serious contender to win its division. Look at those teams now. The Blue Jays (Team A) have been deluged with injuries to their starting rotation in June and are really fortunate to be 8-10 for the month. The Miami Marlins, like the Jays, have enjoyed a major attendance rise at home but they have imploded this month. They are just 2-13 and were just hammered at Boston. They spent nearly $200 million on Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell and another $10 million on skipper Ozzie Guillen. Where are they? In fourth place in the National League East, eight games out of first and four-and-a half back of the Giants and Mets, who share the Wild Card slots with a 33 and 36 record. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are in last place in the AL East at 35-34, but they are only six-and-a-halff out of first place and three back of Tampa Bay and that second Wild Card slot. Anthony Allen Jersey. Heading into the opener of their three game series tonight at Miami, the Marlins are 10th overall in the National League while the Jays are ninth in the American League. With all the injuries to the Jays starting rotation, I still like the Marlins post-season chances better. But it still makes you think about what it takes to build a contender and spending big money isnt always the answer. The Jays top two prospects catcher, Travis DArnaud and outfielder Anthony Gose, are both slated to play in the "Futures Game" in Kansas City on July 8th during the All-Star festivities. Interesting to note; DArnaud has been taking some ground balls at first base lately. That could be another way to get him up to the big club in the second half. Look for Detroit to make a big move in the AL Central. Theyve won seven of their last 10, their pitching is coming around and their top four hitters are all batting over .300. Youngster Quinton Berry is doing a solid job in left and at the plate and Austin Jackson has been on fire. Theyre just two-and-a-half out of first and four games back of the second Wild Card slot. The Jays arent going to strip themselves of a good prospect just to get a struggling Jeremy Guthrie from Colorado, but they could use a little more than the three journeymen theyve picked up this week in Sean Hill, David Pauley and Sean OSullivan. ' ' '

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