Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. The scandal, which cost Penn State’s legendary football coach Joe Paterno and the university president their jobs, unfolded in the media since it became widely known last year. Explicit details of the abuses were disclosed during a two-week trial. It took just 21 hours of deliberation for the jury to find Sandusky guilty on 45 of the 48 charges.

Judge John Cleland said Sandusky would be sentenced in about three months.

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Jurors delivered the verdict around 10 p.m. after deliberating for about 21 hours. There were convictions related to all 10 sexual abuse victims, with the three not-guilty verdicts applying to three different individuals.

Sandusky stood slightly hunched, looking down with his hand in his pocket but showing no visible emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out in court. His wife, Dottie, blinked back tears.

Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky’s bail and ordered his arrest. Video showed him leaving the courthouse in handcuffs and heading into a police car destined for the Centre County jail. He didn’t say anything as reporters asked if he had anything to say to the victims before he ducked into the back seat.

“The Sandusky family is very disappointed by the verdict of the jury, but we respect their verdict,” defense lawyer Joe Amendola told reporters gathered outside, his comments occasionally interrupted by jeers from the crowd.

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