BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has a personality disorder that might explain the “creepy” letters he sent to one of his accusers, a psychologist said Tuesday.
People with the disorder often interact with people in inappropriately seductive ways and don’t feel comfortable unless they’re the center of attention, Atkins explained.
According to the National Institutes of Health, histrionic personality disorder occurs more often in women than in men.
Sandusky’s attorney is hoping to convince jurors that the disorder could explain his client’s letters to the accuser known as Victim 4 and other interaction that prosecutors allege show his grooming of victims.
Sandusky is charged with 51 criminal counts related to 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span. He’s accused of engaging in illegal sexual contact ranging from fondling to forced oral and anal sex.
The defense also called more witnesses who lauded the former Penn State assistant football coach’s reputation as an upstanding citizen.
But Amendola had sharp questions for two state police investigators who interviewed the alleged victims.
Amendola questioned the investigators about what details they shared during those interviews, in particular with the accuser known in court papers as Victim 4.
“In some of our interviews … we did tell them,” he said.
Asked why, Leiter said it was to let possible victims know they were not alone.
“Each of these accusers was very, very seriously injured, and very concerned, and we had told them — especially prior to going to the grand jury — that they wouldn’t be alone, that there were others,” Leiter said.View Entire Story
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