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Prosecution to Rest in Penn State Sex Abuse Trial

The child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony.

June 15, 2012 – The high-profile child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony from eight prosecution witnesses. Sandusky, 68, has been charged with abusing 10 boys from 1994 to 2008. He has denied that any sexual activity took place, and pleaded not guilty to 52 criminal counts.

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.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/19/12: 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. Click here to learn more.

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The final prosecution witness was called to the stand yesterday, who described performing oral sex on Mr. Sandusky, as well as being raped by the man. The witness stated that he called out for help from the basement of the Sandusky home during the alleged assault, but wasn’t sure if Sandusky’s wife heard him. The last witness’s testimony has been described as the most explicit of the trial to date, but also the most problematic because some of its details differed from those of earlier witnesses.

This week, the prosecution has called eight alleged victims to the stand, most of whom claimed their first physical contact with Sandusky occurred in his car, then progressed during sleepovers at his home or in Penn State locker room showers. After each witness testified, photographs were projected on to a big screen of the alleged victims around the time of the abuse, often with Sandusky’s hand on their shoulder.

During cross-examination, Sandusky’s attorney asked the witnesses why they had provided different dates for the alleged abuse in their reports to state police and a grand jury. He stated that several of the witnesses reported more instances of abuse after they had retained legal representation, suggesting that they hoped to take advantage of the pending litigation.

Sandusky’s attorney went on to portray his client as generous and encouraging to the boys he mentored, most of whom lived with single mothers or in foster care. “Jerry wanted these kids to succeed,” he said. The defense is scheduled to begin calling witnesses early next week.

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