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Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 child molestation counts (VIDEO)

The former Penn State assistant football coach was accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse as the second day of jury selection begins in his child sex abuse trial on June 6, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (Patrick Smith/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, were present for the reading of the verdict, MSNBC reported.

Earlier, Judge John Cleland dismissed three of the 51 counts against the 68-year-old.

Sandusky's case gripped the nation and led to the dismissal of a legendary coach and one of America's highest-paid university presidents, while his trial included gripping and at times graphic testimony from his victims, CNN reported.

The sequestered panel did not know about allegations from Sandusky's adopted son Matt Sandusky, who said on Thursday that his father abused him and said he had been willing to testify for the prosecution.

Matt Sandusky made the statement through his lawyers Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici as the jurors began deliberations.

The verdict came after 21 hours of deliberations, Reuters reported.

A cheer went up among spectators outside the courthouse as the verdict was announced.

He now faces life in prison at his sentencing, which is weeks away, The Associated Press reported.

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