A US jury has convicted former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts in a child sex abuse in a case that has shocked the nation.
Police led the 68-year-old - who had a dazed look on his face - away from the courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania in handcuffs on Friday, and into a waiting patrol car to take him to the local jail.
Bystanders outside the courthouse cheered upon news of the verdict in the high-profile case in a nation where many are obsessed by college sports and revere the coaches of their American football teams.
The headline-grabbing scandal has also tarnished the legacy of Penn State, one of the country's most illustrious college football programs.
Sandusky, who stood accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegedly recruited his young victims under the guise of a program he ran for abused and neglected youth.
The once popular coach was found guilty of charges related to each of the 10 victims but acquitted of three individual counts relative to three separate individuals.
Sentencing is expected in about 90 days.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly called Sandusky "a serial child predator who committed horrific acts" and thanked the victims for testifying, saying they had "shown great strength" in telling their stories.
Eight of those victims took the stand, offering graphic testimony about Sandusky's actions, on campus, in hotel rooms and at his home.
Another coach told the court he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the showers at Penn State.
Sandusky, who did not testify in his own defence, had faced 48 counts of sexually abusing at least 10 boys between 1994 and 2008. Four additional counts were dismissed during the trial.
Prosecutors said he recruited his victims through his Second Mile charity, which went bankrupt last month after donations dried up in the wake of the scandal.
Defence lawyer Joseph Amendola told reporters he had battled a "tidal wave of public opinion against Jerry Sandusky" and that the verdict, though not a surprise, was a disappointment for the Sandusky family.
"I used the analogy that we were trying to climb Mount Everest from the bottom of the mountain. Well obviously, we didn't make it," Amendola said.
Amendola said there were "decent appeal issues" that his team would pursue, but acknowledged: "Essentially, the sentence that Jerry will receive is a life sentence."