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Jerry Sandusky trial: Prosecution urges jury to remember accusers

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky right arrives with his attorney Joe AmendolCentre County Courthouse Bellefonte Pa.

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, right, arrives with his attorney Joe Amendola at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Sandusky is charged with 51 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Prosecutors say the jurors in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case can’t forget about the 10 boys the former Penn State assistant football coach is accused of abusing.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan told the jury in his closing argument Thursday not to be distracted by defense conspiracy theories as they decide whether Sandusky sexually abused boys he met through a charity he founded.

Jury deliberations began shortly after McGettigan’s closing arguments.

Earlier Thursday, defense attorney Joe Amendola said the case is a result of overzealous investigators coaching witnesses. He also says accusers are seeking big payouts from potential civil lawsuits.

Prosecutors say Sandusky showered with his victims, fondled them and in some cases forced them to engage in oral and anal sex.

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