Nightly News | June 23, 2012
>> good evening it was on a saturday night on this broadcast last november when we first told you about the lurid accusations against a member of one of the count country's biggest football programs. by now everyone knows the name of jerry sandusky whose fall to grace ended last night when a jury convicted him of molesting ten boys over a ten-year period. the verdict came after a parade of victims now adults described in vivid detail the abuse they suffered at sandusky 's hands. john yang begins our coverage in pennsylvania good evening, john.
>> reporter: good evening lester. for many of those victims it was an emotional moment. they had come to the courthouse to tell their stories of embarrassment and shame. for sandusky it meant the label of convicted child molester . he looked stunned and confused as he was led away in handcuffs. where he segregated from the general population . moments before he had listened as the jury foreman declared him guilty in 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges. sandusky kept his eyes on the jury. his wife dorothy looked straight ahead. his daughter dropped her head and cried. prosecution revoked bail and it was very tense and quiet.
>> reporter: another spectator was victim six who testified how sandusky gave him a naked bear hug in the shower. after the verdict was read, he leaned forward sobbing.
>> when you say i believe you, it makes it real.
>> outside the courthouse hundreds gathered.
>> yes, yes. [ applause ]
>> reporter: there were jeers for defense attorney .
>> there are lots of people sitting in jails across this country who are innocent -- there are lots of people.
>> pennsylvania attorney general linda kelly recalled how victims testified they never told of the abuse because they didn't think anyone would believe them.
>> aury here in pennsylvania most definitely thought they would and could believe a kid.
>> disagreements were resolved quickly.
>> once we laid it all out it made sense and we came to an agreement.
>> reporter: he said that the defense came up short.
>> they did a good job of putting seeds of doubt. but there wasn't reasonable doubt .
>> sandusky was found not guilty of three charges. he was convicted of all other charges involving those victims. the defense said it will appeal because the judge denied it's time to prepare. to win that the defense must prove it's case was harmed.
>> the appeal is very unlikely.
>> reporter: defense lawyers reportedly felt so unprepared they tried to resign from the case the morning the jury selection began. but the judge ruled against them. lester?