In an exclusive interview with the "Today" show, former Penn State coach and convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky laughed off allegations of his misdeeds, claiming that the prosecution's key witness misinterpreted his relationship with a young boy. Reuters/Pat Little

Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State, has been placed on suicide watch for his own safety after a guilty verdict was returned in his child sex abuse case, his lawyer told CNN.

Sandusky was found guilty Friday on 45 of 48 counts for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He will be sentenced in September and is being held in custody until the sentencing hearing.

His attorney said Sandusky is being held in protective custody away from other inmates until the sentencing. The defense also has plans to appeal the verdict.

Joe Amendola told CNN that if the team wins one of the appeal issues then everything else could fall.

So all we have to do is convince an appellate court that one of the issues that we will raise is worthy of a reversal, he said. It doesn't matter, it could be 100 counts, and it would still all come back if an appeal is granted.