A Pennsylvania jury found former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 charges brought against him for sexually abusing at least 10 young boys between 1994 and 2008.

Sandusky, 68, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, which at first numbered 52, could spend the rest of his life in jail when his sentence is announced at least three months from now.

The former Penn State defensive coordinator was an assistant to one of college football's legendary head coaches, Joe Paterno, who was fired because of the scandal and who died last January.

Sandusky now faces a life sentence but showed little emotion as he listened to the verdict being read Friday evening at the Centre County Courthouse.

His attorney Joseph Amendola said later in a statement to the press that Sandusky's family is "very disappointed" with the verdict.

Eight young men testified in the Pennsylvania court about all the abuse they received from Sandusky, from kissing and fondling to oral sex and sodomy.

The first complaints filed by two of the alleged victims plus the testimony of Mike McQueary, another assistant coach at Penn State who told of Sandusky having sex with a boy of about 10, were what led to the dismissal of Paterno and university President Graham Spanier.

Sandusky's attorney would not allow him to take the stand in his own defense, something he had personally requested after denying all the accusations.

The defense suggested that the plaintiffs had financial motives for inventing stories years after the fact and described Sandusky as the prey of police investigators who prompted the alleged victims to make accusatory statements.

The members of the jury, however, believed what the victims said under oath as well as the words of prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III, who portrayed Sandusky as a "predatory pedophile."

Just a few hours after members of the jury began their deliberations, the attorney of one of Sandusky's six adopted sons, Matt, said that the boy had previously admitted that he too was abused by his father but was not allowed to testify.

"This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy," a communique said, without giving details about his accusations.

Witnesses for the defense, including Jerry Sandusky's wife Dottie, spoke highly of the assistant coach's reputation in the community.

The scandal also led to the dismissal of the vice president of the university, Gary Schultz, and sports director Tim Curley, who now face criminal charges for not adequately informing the authorities about the repeated child sex abuse. EFE