Sandusky juror recalls trial in her own words

Juror discusses Jerry Sandusky case
Ann Van Kuren talks to "CBS This Morning" about her experience as a juror in the Jerry Sandusky case.
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(CBS News) A juror who helped convict former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15-year span has come forward to discuss the case.

Juror No. 11, Ann Van Kuren, told "CBS This Morning" the jury watched Sandusky when the verdict was handed down. "We watched him to see how he would react and there was very little reaction," Van Kuren said. "I think that we felt that he knew what he had done."

The seven women and five men on the jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 charges in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday night. Sandusky is in jail, waiting to be sentenced next month. He's reportedly under a suicide watch. His lawyers say they will appeal, but it's likely he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Van Kuren said she felt "unworthy" to make the decision.

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"You don't want to make that kind of decision, but you also have many other lives in your hands, in this case, we have the victims," she said.

The juror said the first victim to testify was compelling in that his story was "very complete." Van Kuren added, "It was difficult in that I have a son who you could imagine being that age and I think that you could really sympathize with him."

The juror said she wants the victims to heal and find the help they need to have a life that they deserve. "Nobody deserves what happened to them," she said.

When asked if there was a reaction to Sandusky not testifying in the case, Van Kuren said, "You know, we never talked about should he have testified or why he didn't testify. I know in my own mind I wondered. I think I would have liked to hear what he had to say. I would have liked to see him answer questions."

Van Kuren described the deliberations as calm. "People were serious about this and respectful," she said.