Corbett offers statement on Sandusky guilty verdict

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Governor Tom Corbett released a statement following the conviction of Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse.

Corbett thanked the jury for their willingness to serve on such a difficult case.

“I also want to commend the multiple victims in this case who had the courage to come forward and testify in court, confronting Sandusky, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these reprehensible crimes,'' Corbett said in a statement released after the verdict was announced Friday night.

“The agents and prosecutors of the Attorney General's Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, also deserve a great deal of credit for today's verdict. They pursued every lead, gathering evidence from multiple victims, in order to bring this man to justice,'' he said.

Sandusky was led from the courthouse in handcuffs and placed into a waiting sheriff's car for transport to the county prison.

His defense attorney, Joe Amendola asked for house arrest until Sandusky's sentencing hearing, but Judge John Cleland denied the request.

Sentencing is expected in 90 days. One of his defense attorneys, Karl Rominger, said he is planning to appeal.

Jerry Sandusky's conviction includes 14 first-degree felony charges, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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