Jerry Sandusky has been placed on suicide watch as a precaution after a jury found the former Penn State assistant football coach guilty of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual-abuse charges, one of his attorneys told CNN on Saturday.
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Co-counsel Karl Rominger told the station Sandusky is being held in protective custody for his own safety.
"The judge in this case and the warden in this case decided to take a measure not meant to suggest in any way that he is suicidal, but simply to put the precautions in place first and then evaluate later," Rominger said.
The 68-year-old, who will be sentenced in about three months, faces a maximum sentence of 442 years and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sandusky was convicted by the jury of seven women and five men late Friday after a day and a half of deliberations. The charges included involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
A FOX News Channel producer who was inside the court when the verdict was announced said Sandusky kept his eyes on the jurors and showed no expression when the verdict was read.
Rominger said Sandusky will be evaluated at Pennsylvania’s Camp Hill diagnostic facility and then likely sent to a sex offender unit in the state prison system.
The attorney told CNN his defense team has "no immediate concerns" about his safety.
Sandusky’s lead defense attorney, Joe Amendola, said he plans to appeal the verdict.