No matter what decisions the jury reaches in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse trial, the drama is far from over.

Two former Pennsylvania State University officials face criminal charges, and a third could be indicted.

Some victims have already filed civil suits against Sandusky, his charity The Second Mile, and Penn State, and more could follow, especially if Sandusky is found guilty.

In addition, two new accusers, including one of Sandusky's adopted sons, stepped forward last night, which could give prosecutors a second chance at a conviction if the jury votes to acquit.

The FBI might also be looking into federal charges against Sandusky because some of the abuse incidents might have involved travel to other states.

And that's not to mention the possibility of more bombshell accusations, books and even movies that might compete for public attention in the coming months and even years.

Sandusky, who has denied all allegations, could face life in prison if found guilty of the 48 charges related to abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

The jury began deliberating on Thursday. Their verdict probably won't be the last courtroom reckoning tied to the scandal.

Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a former vice president in charge of the campus police, face charges of perjury and failing to report child abuse stemming from their response to a since well-publicized accusation from Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary. He testified last week that he walked in on Sandusky in 2001 sodomizing a boy in a locker room shower.

A physician and family friend, testifying for the defense, however, said McQueary, despite being pressed, was not explicit about sexual contact in his initial descriptions.

McQueary, at the urging of his father and the doctor, informed head coach Joe Paterno, who informed university officials, but said "I wish I could have done more" before being fired by the trustees. Additional testimony could change lasting impressions, for good or ill, of the legendary coach's legacy. Paterno died in January.

Prosecutors say both Curley and Schultz did not report the incident to outside authorities and later lied about their knowledge of it to grand jurors. They maintain their innocence and expect to take their case before a Dauphin County jury in the next year.

As soon as next month, Penn State officials could hear from former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired to conduct an internal investigation into the university's handling of allegations against Sandusky.

That report could play a role in how the university responds to filed future civil suits from victims.

One of those suits involves an Ohio accuser who emerged last night on national TV. Travis Weaver, 30, said on the NBC's "Rock Center" that Sandusky abused him more than 100 times over four years. Weaver was not involved in the trial.

Neither was Sandusky's 33-year-old adopted son, Matt, who said Thursday he had been abused by his father and had offered to testify as a prosecution witness.

University president Rodney Erickson has said the university hopes to settle as many cases as possible without subjecting the victims to more legal proceedings.

Penn State already has taken major measures to repair its tarnished reputation. It has donated more than $2.6 million to child-abuse programs and to found a new child-protection institute at its Hershey Medical Center, while vowing to become a world leader in research and treatment of child neglect and sexual abuse.

Although gifts to the university have been holding steady, Erickson acknowledged that some people have said they put on hold plans to include Penn State in their wills.

Last week, as Sandusky's trial began, the university also began preparing trustees for the possibility of an indictment against former president Graham B. Spanier. Though prosecutors did not initially charge Spanier with a crime, grand jurors have reportedly focused on his role in handling McQueary's claims.

Spanier resigned his position at the university in November on the same day trustees fired revered head coach Paterno.

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