Jerry Sandusky’s victims finally get justice and closure. The monster and child predator will spend the rest of his life behind bars

The former Penn State defensive coach was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial.

Sandusky showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. Jurors came to the conclusion after listening to seven days of testimony, some of it graphically describing abuse suffered at the hands of Sandusky, including touching in showers, fondling and in some cases forced oral or anal sex.

Eight young men testified that they were abused by the former assistant head coach who’s defensive wizardry had him on the short list of head coaching jobs around the nation. Jurors also heard about two other alleged victims through other witnesses, including another former coach.

He had repeatedly denied the allegations, and his defense suggested that his accusers had a financial motive to make up stories, years after the fact. His attorney also painted Sandusky as the victim of overzealous police investigators who coached the alleged victims into giving accusatory statements.

But jurors believed the testimony that, in the words of lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III, Sandusky was a “predatory pedophile.”

One accuser testified that Sandusky molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games. He also said Sandusky had sent him “creepy love letters.”

Another spoke of forced oral sex and instances of rape in the basement of Sandusky’s home, including abuse that left him bleeding. He said he once tried to scream for help, knowing that Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but figured the basement must be soundproof.

— terry shropshire