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Jerry Sandusky Won't Take Stand During Sex Abuse Trial

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  • Jerry Sandusky with his wife Dottie
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    Jerry Sandusky with his wife Dottie
By Benge Nsenduluka, CP Reporter
June 20, 2012|11:47 am

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach currently on trial facing child sex abuse charges, will not take the stand in his own defense.

Despite speculation that the accused pedophile would take the stand after his wife Dottie, Judge John Cleland told Sandusky's defense team that they could being wrapping up on Wednesday. Closing statements are expected to take place on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Sandusky is fighting allegations that he sexually abused at least 10 boys in his marital home and on Penn State's campus, and Dottie, his wife of 45 years, took to the stand in his defense on Tuesday where she supported his claims that the sex abuse accusations are false.

Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan questioned Dottie about why Sandusky's alleged victims would lie about being sexually abused

"I don't know what it would be for," Dottie said, with a slight shake of her head.

Sandusky, 67, is charged with 51 criminal counts relating to 10 alleged victims over a 15-year period. Prosecutors have accused him of engaging in illegal sexual contact ranging from fondling to forced oral and anal sex.

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"As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever occurred in my home," Dottie previously said in the statement.

"I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue. We don't know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue," she added.

Dottie admitted to having almost all of the alleged victims sleep at their home but described some of the boys as being "clingy" toward Sandusky with another described as being "charming."

"[Sandusky] would tell them good night," Dottie told the court.

Jurors also heard from another witness, a psychologist, who testified that Sandusky does in fact have a personality disorder that might explain the "creepy" letters that he had sent to one of his accusers.

Elliot Atkins diagnosed Sandusky with histrionic personality disorder and explained that the disorder causes people to interact with others in inappropriately seductive ways and don't feel comfortable unless they are the center of attention.

"Often these are people who did not have as much success in relationships - emotional or romantic - (and) relationships in life," Atkins said, responding to questions from Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola.

 

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