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Jerry Sandusky Convicted

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Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted on 45 of 48 counts against him for sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky intially faced 52 counts of sex abuse. The judge dropped four counts during the trial, saying two were unproven, one was brought under a statute that didn't apply, and another was duplicative.

While the defense tried to get the trial moved out of Centre County, where the university is located, the judge ultimately decided to hold it there.

The panel had listened to seven days of testimony, including from eight young men who said they were his victims. Jurors also heard about two other alleged victims through other witnesses.

Sandusky didn't take the stand.

The defense case had consisted largely of character witnesses who defended Sandusky's reputation, a psychologist who said Sandusky had a personality disorder and the ex-coach's wife, who said her husband didn't do anything inappropriate.

His lawyers also suggested the accusers had a financial motive to make up stories and that investigators coached witnesses.

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