Trial Attracts Crowd

BELLEFONTE — Throughout the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial, people have come from all over Pennsylvania to sit inside the courtroom and witness one of the biggest trials Centre County has ever seen.

On Friday, there was a group of people from Iowa. All day people have been walking or driving by, taking pictures of the media, and waiting for a verdict.

Vanessa Myers and her friends are just a few of the many people anticipating a verdict in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial. These women live about five minutes from Bellefonte, and came to the Centre County Courthouse almost every day since the trial started.

“We’ve been coming very early in the morning, one day we were here at 3:30 a.m. We just want to make sure we get in to see how it’s going and be supportive,” said Myers.

Myers and her friends are not alone. Dozens of people were outside the courthouse all day, cameras in hand.

In addition to local people sitting outside the Centre County Courthouse, a bus tour is going from Iowa to New York City and made a stop in Bellefonte.

“One of our scheduled stops was to look at all the shops in this pretty little town and I didn’t even realize this was going on,” said Arlene Cannon.

Once the tour group from Iowa realized what was going on, many of them spent the day snapping pictures of the many members of the media.

“Just to see all of this, all of these news vehicles, and Fox News, it’s just awesome. That’s a horrible word for a trial, but we’ve never been around anything like this,” said Sherry Rader.

Many of the people on the bus tour said they have been following Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial, and now they will have the pictures to prove they were here for part of it.

“I think it’s exciting. We’ve talked to people from the town and they’ve given us their views on it,” said Sue Macnew.

“I don’t know what to think of it, it’s just very overwhelming. I know it is for the town, from the people we’ve talked to,” said Rader.

Some of the people on that bus tour from Iowa said they hoped to be there when the jury reached a verdict, but their bus left before that happened.

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