Jerry Sandusky defense opens with talk of his reputation | College football
Jerry Sandusky opened his defense in his molestation trial with character witnesses who defended his reputation, including a former Penn State coach who said he knew Sandusky took boys into showers but never saw him do anything wrong.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky opened his defense in his molestation trial Monday with character witnesses who defended his reputation, including a former Penn State coach who said he knew Sandusky took boys into showers but never saw him do anything wrong.
The six witnesses did little to directly counter the testimony last week by eight young men who accused the former Penn State assistant coach of sexually abusing them when they were children.
Judge John Cleland told jurors they might begin deliberations on the case as early as Thursday.
Sandusky looked an Associated Press reporter in the eye and said nothing when asked if he planned to testify. Other possible defense witnesses include his wife, Dottie; and an expert who could discuss whether Sandusky has "histrionic personality disorder," which experts have called a personality disorder characterized by inappropriate sexual behavior and erratic emotions.
The list of potential witnesses also includes a physician who spoke with key prosecution witness Mike McQueary the night he said he saw Sandusky attack a child in a football team shower in 2001 and members of ex-coach Joe Paterno's family, although it was unclear how they might fit into the defense case or whether they will be called.
Sandusky's arrest led the university trustees to fire Paterno as coach in November, saying his response to the 2001 report from McQueary showed a lack of leadership. Paterno died of cancer in January.
Dick Anderson, a longtime Penn State assistant and Sandusky friend who retired in January, testified he and other members of the football staff were present when Sandusky brought young boys into the team's showers.
Anderson testified he never witnessed anything inappropriate.