Jerry Sandusky trial opening statements begin

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Jerry Sandusky arrives at court on December 13.

Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - The lead prosecutor in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial showed pictures of the alleged victims to jurors during opening statements of the former Penn State assistant football coach's trial.

Sandusky sat quietly at the defense table and looked to his right at a video screen at times while Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan III outlined the allegations, which led to the ouster of longtime football coach Joe Paterno. The pictures showed many of the alleged victims smiling.

Some of the allegations read aloud by McGettigan were graphic. At one point, the prosecutor said Sandusky put his hand down one boy's shirt and down his pants.

The 68-year-old Sandusky has maintained his innocence.

Sandusky hunched slightly his seat at the defense table as Judge John Cleland outlined the charges to the jurors.

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