June 19, 2012 – Friends and ex-colleagues of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified yesterday on behalf of the defense in order to counter prosecution witnesses’ claims that he sexually abused boys in locker room showers. The testimony came at the beginning of the second week of a trial that has proceeded at a surprisingly brisk pace. If things continue as such, judge John Cleland told jurors that the defense could rest its case by Wednesday, which would mean that closing arguments could come as early as Thursday morning.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/25/12: On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/22/12: This week, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons reportedly admitted to authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him as a child. Lawyers for Matt Sandusky, who is one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, issued a statement yesterday saying that the 33-year-old was prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution in his father’s high-profile sex abuse trial. Click here to learn more.
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It is still unclear as to whether Sandusky himself will testify in the high profile sex abuse trial. When asked the question by an Associated Press reporter after court adjourned yesterday, Sandusky looked the man in the eye but said nothing. Judge Cleland indicated that jury deliberations may begin this week after three defense witnesses testified that Sandusky was an admired Penn State football coach who had founded a successful children’s charity, The Second Mile.
Former Rutgers coach Dick Anderson, who worked as an assistant coach at Penn State for a number of years, testified that he had seen Sandusky bring several young boys into the team’s locker room showers. He said he had never witnessed any inappropriate behavior.
“If Jerry would bring someone in with The Second Mile, they had been working out, for whatever reason they came in, it was not uncommon … with the other coaches in the shower as well,” Anderson said.
Anderson, who coached at Penn State from 1970 to 1983 and again from 1990 to 2011, went on to say that it is not uncommon for adults and children to shower together at gyms. He took the stand after prosecutors called their final witness, a woman whose son claimed Sandusky raped him in the basement of the coach’s home.
The woman testified that Sandusky called her son one night after the first round of charges were filed late last year, asking if he’d be a character witness. But in December, Sandusky was served with charges alleging that he forced anal sex with the boy. The woman said her son’s laundry would often be missing underwear, and that he claimed he had to throw them away because he had an accident. Last week, the teen was called to testify by the prosecution, and said that Sandusky forced him to have anal sex that made him bleed.
“I always wondered why he never had any underwear in the laundry,” she said. “There was never any underwear, any socks … that was odd to me.”
In fighting what appears to be a decidedly uphill battle, the defense has sought to show how the stories of accusers have changed over time, that they were coached by investigators, and motivated to lie by the hopes of a civil lawsuit jackpot. At least a half dozen prosecution witnesses admitted they told incorrect or incomplete stories in early contacts with police, and three testified that some of the incidents of abuse only came back to them in recent years.
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