BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The jury in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky began deliberations on Thursday but without hearing the shocking accusation from Sandusky’s adopted son that he, too, was abused by the former Penn State assistant football coach.
Prosecutors told the jury that Sandusky was a “serial predatory pedophile” who targeted young boys yearning for a father figure, while the defense said he had been ruined by overzealous prosecutors and false accusers hoping for a payday from civil lawsuits.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The attorney for Jerry Sandusky on Thursday told jurors the former Penn State football coach had been ruined by false allegations from accusers who lied about being sexually abused in hopes of a big payday down the road from civil lawsuits.
When the criminal charges were filed late last year, “Mr. Sandusky’s world came to an end, his wife’s world came to the end, his children’s world came to an end,” his lawyer, Joe Amendola, said in closing arguments.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The jury in the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky starts deliberations on Thursday in a case that has captured national attention.
The defense wrapped up its case on Wednesday after little more than two days of testimony without calling Sandusky, 68, to the stand despite a packed courtroom that had hoped to see him testify.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The defence in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial rested its case on Wednesday without calling the former Penn State University assistant football coach to the witness stand.
Closing arguments in the closely watched trial in Pennsylvania are expected on Thursday. Jury deliberations could begin by the end of the week. Defence attorney Joe Amendola had said previously that Sandusky would testify.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Jerry Sandusky’s wife of 45 years testified on Tuesday that she had not seen any inappropriate behavior between children and her husband, a former Penn State assistant football coach who stands accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
The jury also heard from a psychologist called by the defense who said Sandusky suffers from a personality disorder that is characterized by a deep need for attention and inappropriate, provocative behavior.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A psychologist called by the defense in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial testified on Tuesday that the former Penn State assistant football coach suffers from a personality disorder that is characterized by a deep need for attention and may lead to inappropriate, sexually seductive behavior.
Elliot Atkins, an important defense witness, told jurors he spent six hours interviewing the 68-year-old Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Defense lawyers sought to discredit the prosecution’s case in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial on Tuesday by suggesting investigators had coached testimony from one of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s alleged victims.
Asked as he arrived at court whether he would put Sandusky on the witness stand as the trial entered its final stages, defense attorney Joe Amendola told reporters: “Stay tuned. Come on, it’s like a soap, you have to wait and see.”
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The defense for accused child sex offender Jerry Sandusky resumes on Tuesday after a first day of testimony in which witnesses for the former Penn State football coach vouched for his good character.
The high-profile trial is in its final stages, with Judge John Cleland telling jurors on Monday he expected closing arguments to take place on Thursday.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Prosecutors were expected to rest their case on Monday in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky after presenting testimony from witnesses who described in often-graphic detail being molested as boys by the former Penn State University assistant football coach.
In 3-1/2 days of testimony last week from eight alleged victims of Sandusky, the prosecution sought to convince the jury in Pennsylvania that he is a serial sexual predator who targeted boys through the Second Mile charity he founded in 1977 for underprivileged children.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Some spoke so softly they were barely audible. Others were stoic, while some were almost defiant. One wept.
But no matter their demeanors, each of the eight young men summoned to the witness stand in a Pennsylvania courthouse this week revealed a similar narrative of sexual abuse as young boys. And one man stood at the center of each account: former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.