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Jerry Sandusky trial: He could get 500 years in prison

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach, faces 52 counts of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arriving at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Penn., in April. Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing boys. His case gets under way Tuesday, June 5, 2012, with selection of jurors from among neighbors in the area around Penn State University. (

AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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Jury selection will begin on Tuesday in the child sex abuse trial of former Pennsylvania State University coach Jerry Sandusky, a case that shook the school and its football program and focused attention on sexual predation.

Sandusky, a retired assistant coach, faces 52 counts of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Prosecutors allege Sandusky, 68, met the boys through a charity he founded and some of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities.

The explosive accusations in November 2011 forced the firing of university President Graham Spanier and of Joe Paterno, college football's winningest coach.

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The grand jury charges marked a watershed in awareness of child sexual abuse since Sandusky seemed to be an unlikely predator as a children's champion and well-respected former coach.

As the Sandusky shockwave spread, sex abuse hotlines and lawyers saw an upsurge in calls and emails.

Jury selection begins on Tuesday in Centre County Court of Common Pleas in Bellefonte, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of State College, site of Penn State's main campus. The trial will start on June 11 at the earliest.

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