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Attorneys: Sandusky maintains he's innocent

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Jerry Sandusky is led from the Centre County courthouse in handcuffs after his conviction on 45 child sex abuse charges. Jerry Sandusky is led from the Centre County courthouse in handcuffs after his conviction on 45 child sex abuse charges.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Jerry Sandusky's attorneys say the former Penn State assistant football coach was prepared for a guilty verdict but continues to maintain his innocence.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse Friday night.

"He knew the likelihood of being acquitted was very, very minimal," defense attorney Joe Amendola told abc27 News. "So, I think he was resigned that this was the most likely outcome, even though he continued to maintain his innocence."

Sentencing is expected in about 90 days. Amendola said he is planning to appeal the conviction, based in part on the amount of time the defense team was given to prepare their case.

Sandusky's co-counsel, Karl Rominger, said the ex-coach said nothing to his attorneys after the verdict, but told them beforehand that he was prepared to deal with whatever happens, and that he would continue to fight the charges.

Rominger noted that the three "not guilty" verdicts include a first-degree felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse regarding the boy referred to in the grand jury presentment as Victim 2.

Then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary says he saw the boy being attacked by Sandusky in a locker room shower in February 2001 and reported what he saw to head coach Joe Paterno. Paterno's handling of it led to the Penn State board of trustee's decision to fire the legendary football coach shortly after Sandusky was arrested in November.

"McQueary claimed he saw sodomy. The jury didn't agree," Rominger said. "Joe Paterno may still have his job if that presentment had accurately stated what Mike McQueary saw."

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