Jury selection begins today in molestation trial of Jerry Sandusky
POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:49am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is underway in Bellfonte, Pennsylvania.
Sandusky arrived early Tuesday morning with his attorney.
The court is working to seat a jury, something that may be easier said than done in a place where Sandusky was once idolized.
Bellfonte, a virtual suburb of the city that is Penn State, is home to people with deep professional and personal ties to the university and it's legendary football team.
A judge had to be called in from a neighboring county, and there's already a plan to import a panel of jurors if the lawyers can't find enough here.
The weeks long trial is expected to be emotionally wrenching.
Some of Sandusky's alleged victims will have to testify, putting their own credibility against the former coach's.
Sandusky is accused of abusing ten boys over a decade and a half.
Many of the alleged victims were part of the Second Mile, a charity that helped at risk youth.
Sandusky has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.