Sandusky grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania. His parents, Art and Evie, ran a community center known as the Brownson House, which offered youth programs. To many who knew Sandusky in his youth, his alleged 2011 crimes come as a surprise. He excelled at sports and did well in school. One former classmate told ESPN, "The Jerry Sandusky I knew 50 years ago was an outstanding football player, a pretty good student and, in general, a very good human being."
As Sandusky was placed in a police cruiser to be taken to jail on Friday, someone yelled at him to "rot in hell!" Others hurled insults and he shook his head no in response.
Defense attorney 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."
Sandusky is one 272 inmates at the Centre County Correctional Facility, a jail that is just seven miles from the Penn State campus.
Jerry Sandusky attended Washington High School, where he was a good student and standout athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He was a leader on his junior high basketball team that went undefeated through the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. Personally, his classmates have described him as a studious "loner" who "never dated in high school" but was a popular and handsome athlete.
For most of the 37 years between 1963 and 2000, Jerry Sandusky was the epitome of a Penn State man.
That shining image dimmed over the weekend, when police arrested him on seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other charges, including aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sandusky, 67, allegedly engaged in fondling, oral sex and anal sex with young boys over a period of more than 10 years, according to an investigative state grand jury's summary of testimony.
Dottie Sandusky stood by her man until he was taken away in handcuffs, but her time in a courtroom may not have come to an end with the guilty verdict.
Dottie Sandusky, 69, who has known and loved Jerry Sandusky for 50 years, visited him in jail Saturday the day after his conviction for sex abuse of 10 boys.
Dottie Sandusky's loyalty to a man others are describing as a monster has been a watercooler conversation.
Psychologists say that her willingness to stand by her man is not unusual. It's a coping mechanism.
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of nearly all of the allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him.
After 20 hours of sequestered deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men read 45 "guilty" verdicts late Friday as Sandusky stood and looked at the jury with his left hand in a pocket of his brown sport coat. There were three not-guilty verdicts.
One of the victims -- identified as Victim 6 during the proceedings -- was surrounded by his family and they cried as the verdict was read.
After court was adjourned, the former Penn State defensive coordinator was led in handcuffs to a waiting police car to be taken to the local county jail.
One part of the statement that certainly jumps out is that the university will be setting up a program for Sandusky's victims. As part of this program, Sandusky's victims will be able to maintain an open dialogue with Penn State regarding compensation from the university for its role in Sandusky's actions:
The purpose of the program is simple – the University wants to provide a forum where the University can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims' concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the University. Counsel to the University plan to reach out to counsel to the victims of Mr. Sandusky's abuse in the near future with additional details.
Cheers of jubilation could be heard outside the courtroom tonight as a judge and jury handed down the life-changing verdict in the Jerry Sandusky case: guilty on 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys, occurring over a period of 15 years.
Sandusky reportedly showed little emotion when the verdict was read and made his way calmly to a waiting car outside, accompanied by officers who escorted him to jail. He will stay there around three months, awaiting sentencing. And word is, the sentences will be long enough to keep him in prison until he dies.
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, pictured, is on suicide watch, one of his laywers said on Saturday. Karl Rominger said the former coach was under individual guard at the county jail, known as suicide watch, and was apart from the general prison population. Sandusky's lawyers had sought a mistrial before his conviction for child sex abuse on the grounds that prosecutors showed jurors an inaccurate version of an NBC News interview with the former football coach, and the mistake may now form part of the basis for an appeal, which cannot be done until he is sentenced in about 90 days. On Friday, a jury convicted Sandusky of 45 counts of child sex abuse and child endangerment. He is expected to be sentenced to more than 400 years in prison.
An adopted son of Jerry Sandusky told prosecutors he would have testified at the former Penn State coach’s trial that Sandusky molested him, his attorney said.
Andrew Shubin, attorney for Matt Sandusky, 33, said his client, who was adopted by Jerry and Dottie Sandusky as an adult after living with them as a foster child, was prepared to testify if called by prosecutors, the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported Thursday.
“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment,” Shubin said in a statement.
Costas asked Sandusky, “Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?”
“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?” Sandusky repeated, perhaps not hearing Costas.
After a too-long pause, Sandusky said, “Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”