Juror says Sandusky accepted verdict, 'knew it was true'
One of the jurors who convicted Jerry Sandusky on 45 child sex abuse charges said on Saturday that the former Penn State assistant football coach seemed to accept the verdict as a confirmation.world Updated: Jun 23, 2012 20:04 IST
One of the jurors who convicted Jerry Sandusky on 45 child sex abuse charges said on Saturday that the former Penn State assistant football coach seemed to accept the verdict as a confirmation.
"I looked at him during the reading of the verdict, and the look on his face, no real emotion, just kind of accepting, you know, because he knew it was true," juror Joshua Harper told the NBC Today Show.
The 12-member jury in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, deliberated over 21 hours and found the 68-year-old former football coach guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, sometimes at Penn State facilities.
The jury convicted him of 45 counts and acquitted him on three on Friday night. Sandusky was taken to jail and faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.
Harper said there had been disagreement on some of the charges before the jury reached its unanimous decision.
"We looked at some inconsistencies in some of the testimony and we wanted to reconcile those and make sure that wouldn't discredit the testimony. And so we worked through those things systematically as a jury," he told NBC.
After the jury began its deliberations on Thursday, a lawyer for the former coach's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, made a surprise accusation that he too had been sexually abused by the former coach. Matt Sandusky, 33, was adopted after living with Sandusky and his wife Dottie as a foster child and was not among the victims involved in the charges.
Jurors did not learn of that allegation until after returning their verdict.
"We were all basically told at the same time, we heard about it at the same time, and we were just looking at each other like we had suspected that but we had no evidence of it. It just solidified our decision," Harper said.
Sandusky was taken away in handcuffs to prison late on Friday night. The prison declined to comment on reports that Sandusky was on suicide watch in jail.