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Penn State-heavy jury picked in sexual-abuse case

June 7, 2012 • National News


Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, gets into his attorney Joe Amendola’ s car after completing jury selection for his trial at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 6, 2012. A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky’s fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno’s downfall. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky’s fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.

The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.

Also: a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school and a woman who has been a season ticketholder since the 1970s.

Sandusky, a 68-year-old former assistant football coach, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span.

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