Prosecution Expected to Rest Monday in the Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Trial

By Scott Sarvay
By Daniela Salvador
By Maureen Mespell

June 18, 2012 Updated Jun 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM EST

Bellefonte, PA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - After just four days of testimony the prosecution is expected to rest on Monday in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

The trial has been emotionally grueling but the defense is hoping some time away from the court gave the jury the opportunity to clear their minds.

They've been on a three-day break.

The defense will start presenting evidence that Sandusky suffers from a rare disorder called Histrionic Personality Disorder.

One they hope will explain Sandusky's behavior and actions against his young accusers.

Some of the symptoms include: believing relationships are more intimate than they really are and a constant need for approval.

Sandusky is expected to take the stand this week to explain what he did, and why.

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It was another day of dramatic testimony in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial.

Three more accusers and a janitor took the witness stand.

And now some of Jerry Sandusky's own words are coming back to haunt him.

We are, of course, talking about Jerry Sandusky's appearance on "Rock Center" with Bob Costas back in November.

When asked if he was sexually attracted to young boys he answered “I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys."

A statement that may be interpreted in a negative way and prove damaging to Sandusky in the long-run.

During Wednesday’s testimony, a janitor at Penn State testified on behalf of his co-worker, now suffering from dementia, who claims he saw Sandusky in a shower with a young boy.

There were three other accusers that took the stand.

They told stories that echoed each other and previous accusers.

Another important note, the judge has reason to believe the prosecution will wrap its case-up as soon as Friday.

The second and third accusers took the stand in the Jerry Sandusky trial on Tuesday.

One hesitant at first to report what he saw. The other, being the first to speak to authorities.

Day 2 began with a distraught 18-year-old known as victim number one describing his first sexual encounter with Sandusky.

He wasn't yet 13 when he says Sandusky’s seemingly innocent touching escalated into repeated sexual contact.

When it was Michael McQueary's turn to talk, he described the now infamous encounter with his coaching mentor.

Noting that he saw Sandusky in the shower with a young boy then heard a loud "skin-on-skin" slapping sound.

Instead of alerting the authorities he told his father, and later Penn State Coach Joe Paterno.

On Monday, the first of Sandusky's accusers, referred to as "victim 4," told the court of his relationship with the coach, which started when he was a young teenager.

In his testimony he describes Sandusky sexually abusing him several times on campus and in hotel rooms.

According to the witness they would have “soap battles” in the shower that would escalate into inappropriate touching, leading to sexual acts.

The witness also said that Sandusky would send him "creepy love letters."

He rounded-out his testimony by saying he ultimately feels responsible for what happened to other boys because he didn't come forward earlier.

During opening statements Prosecutor Joe McGettigan told jurors that Sandusky groomed boys from broken homes for sexual contact.

He called Sandusky a "predatory pedophile."

Joe Amendola, Sandusky's defense attorney, then told the panel the case against his client is flimsy.

He reminded them that the young men who will testify are accusers, not victims.

The former-Penn State assistant football coach faces more than 50 counts of child sex abuse.

Last week, the defense and prosecution took just two days to pick a panel of 12 jurors, eight of which have ties to Penn State.

Sandusky is charged with 52 counts of sexually abuse against 10 boys over the course of 15 years.

He has denied all the allegations.




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