The trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of molesting young boys, is scheduled for closing arguments today.
Through his lead attorney, Joseph Amendola, Sandusky, 68, has denied the sexual-abuse allegations, insisting that he didn’t do the things at least eight alleged victims said he did -- including touching them inappropriately and engaging them in oral sex. The defense rested its case yesterday in state court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, after Sandusky declined to testify.
Sandusky faces 51 counts related to assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. Each count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is punishable by as long as 20 years in prison. The trial began June 11.
Prosecutors say Sandusky used the charity he founded in 1977, the Second Mile, to recruit victims, “grooming” them with gifts, trips to football games and money, and luring them into athletic shower rooms, hotels and his house.
Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, testified June 19 that she never had any indication of the alleged misconduct by her husband.
During most of a week of defense testimony, Amendola presented a string of witnesses who said Sandusky was likeable and of good character.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).