Judge Cleland said the jury is "a cross section of the citizens of Centre County and represent the conscious of this community," as they will be the individuals who will decide Jerry Sandusky's fate.
Judge Cleland reiterated that no juror should be sequestered and no juror should communicate about the case.
Joseph McGettigan gave his opening statement showing pictures of the eight known alleged victims and explaining the stories of each accuser.
Before McGettigan's statements, Dottie Sandusky was excused from the room along with another family member for unknown reasons.
McGettigan said that one accuser is a Penn State graduate and two are recent high school graduates.
Six of the accusers had no fathers in their lives, three never knew their fathers and three were in foster care.
McGettigan said that the accusers will not remember all specifics because the abuse happened over many years.
The prosecution said that Sandusky had been investigated four individual times and that he was a child sexual predator.
A recess was issued until around 11 a.m.
Opening statements by Sandusky's Attorney Joe Amendola have not been given.
The judge says that witnesses will be sequestered in the case.