Dottie Sandusky takes witness stand at husband’s trial

June 20th, 2012 - 7:38 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Bellefonte, June 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS)
Dottie Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s wife, has taken the witness stand on Tuesday to defend her husband against charges that he sexually abused several minors and teenagers at the couple’s home and on Penn State’s campus.

Earlier in the trial, the statements of police investigators have contradicted themselves. In addition, psychologists have clashed over their evaluations of Jerry Sandusky.

The defendant’s wife claims during her one-hour testimony that she remembers most of the eight individuals that accuse her husband of abusing them when they were children. She stated that no inappropriate contact with them ever took place in her presence. She has been married to the former Penn State assistant football coach for over 45 years.

A defense psychologist, Elliott Atkins, also took the stand and declared that he believes that the defendant has a psychological disorder, which could explain the existence of letters addressed to one of his accusers.

Psychiatrist Dr. John Sebastian O’Brien II, disagreed with Atkins evaluation of Sandusky, stating that the defendant probably suffers from psychosexual disorder. Sandusky is facing charges of sexual abuse and could receive a life sentence if found guilty.

He had admitted showering with boys but refuses to have molested them.

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