Bellefonte, Penn. - In bombshell new developments, Matt Sandusky, the 33 year old adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, revealed that he too was sexually abused by his father.
As the jury deliberates and presiding judge John Cleland reportedly dismissed three of the 51 counts of child molestation, this other disturbing angle unfolds.
According to a live CNN report airing Thursday evening around 5:20 p.m. EDT, Matt Sandusky, speaking through his lawyer Andrew Shubin, is asking for privacy at this time while admitting he was a victim of molestation at the hands of the former coach. No details were given at this time.
The prosecution was supposed to call Matt Sandusky as a rebuttal witness, but his father, Jerry Sandusky, never took the stand. This bombshell revelation comes after Matt had previously supported Sandusky and had denied any sexual abuse ever took place.
Sandusky and his wife Dorothy (Dottie) Sandusky have 6 adopted children and have fostered many more over the years. Matt's biological mother Debra Long has reportedly accused Sandusky of stealing her son from her but lawyer Amendola claims the allegations are baseless and that she was a bitter woman who has a long rocky history with his client.
The jury, deliberating now for over four hours, is sequestered, so what impact this bit of news will have on them is unknown. They are not supposed to look at television or read the newspapers, but whether that is strictly upheld is another story.
As for the other developments, how the jury will interpret the dismissed charges and what effect that will have on the outcome is also not known. There are still a whopping 48 charges against Sandusky for allegedly molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years.
Click on links below for my earlier report on the trial.
6.20.12]--Bellefonte, Penn.--The child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach is in its second week. Seven days of testimony in a Centre County courtroom, with the defense getting its turn this week. But surprisingly, Sandusky's side abruptly wrapped on Wednesday, with the defendant not taking the stand.
Charged with 51 counts of child sex abuse of 10 boys over a period of 15 year, Sandusky plead not guilty while his lawyer Joe Amendola tried to cast doubt on the accusers testimony. The defendant's wife, Dottie Sandusky, reportedly took the stand in her husband's defense on Tuesday, saying she never saw any abuse in the 15 years boys came over to the house, reported CNN television.
The prosecution did not even cross-examine this witness, which might have been a strategy to show how little they valued her accounts of what happened. The jury might also follow suit, for after-all, she is Sandusky's wife and might cover for him. Moreover, if she admitted to knowing of the abuse, she incriminates herself.
According toThe Daily Beast, the defense ended exactly 11:48 a.m. today, with the prosecution not getting the opportunity to grill Sandusky. The jury also did not get to hear what happend directly from him, which may hurt his case. The explosive testimony of eight of his accusers, along with 13 more witnesses who took the stand for the prosecution -- including fellow assistant coach Mike McQueary -- may be more than enough to sink Sandusky.
The disturbing, graphic details reported by the witnesses, some still in their teens, reportedly had the courtroom riveted, with jury members leaning forward at times to catch every sordid bit of it.
Wednesday reportedly started late with judge John Cleland having to replace juror No. 6 because of illness. This did not change the dynamics of the jury, because the sick woman was replaced with another woman. keeping the seven-woman, five-man pool.
The defense's first witness was Dr. John Dranov, reportedly a friend of McQueary's father. Critics say he helped the prosecution's case instead of Sandusky's. Dranov told of being called to the McQueary home one night in 2001, where a young Mike McQueary, visibly upset, told of seeing Sandusky in a Penn State shower with a young boy, having what appeared to be sex. Incidentally, none of these three men -- Dr. Dranov and the two McQuearys -- thought to call the police or child protection services.
Many wondered how this testimony would help his client, and mumbles of incompetence on Amendola's part surfaced again. Trying to show that McQueary misconstrued what he saw that night, the defense asked Dr. Dranov if he was told by McQueary that he actually saw a sex act. "No--but I think it was clear in his mind that this was an incident that needed to be reported," answered the witness. Dranov said McQueary reported what he saw to Joe Paterno.
This is not Amendola's first blunder. He allowed his client to give two incriminating interviews with ESPN's Bob Costas and the New York Times late last year and cross-examined the most memorable witness for the prosection last week, which experts say were wrong moves. This witness, 18 years old, told the court how Sandusky groomed him for sex immediately after meeting him at Second Mile when he was 12. He told of how his mentor raped him for three years in the basement of his home every weekend until he was 15.
Others testified how the former coach referred to himself as the "tickle monster" and told similar stories of "grooming," molestation, black-outs and bribes with gifts. One said he was even bribed with marijuana and cigarettes.
The defense also called a 35-year-old married father of two from Pittsburgh, who reportedly defended the coach as a role model and mentor, recounting how he also spent time in Sandusky's basement where no sexual abuse happened to him. A young man, 21-year-old David Hilton also took the stand in Sandusky's defense.
However, prosecutor Joe McGettigan artfully painted a picture of connection to Sandusky's accusers by asking what they all looked like as boys. They all admitted they were blond, small and skinny for their age, and all worked out with their Second Mile mentor. That was powerful, without discounting what they said.
The prosecutor also referred to an uncle of Hilton at which point the witness reportedly became agitated. An ace may be up the state's sleeve with this one. At the end of testimony, the 68-year-old Sandusky was surprisingly chipper, smilingly chatting with his supporters in the coutroom.
Diane Dimond, reporting for The Daily Beast, wrote that the jury will be sequestered after Thursday's closing arguments, although they were allowed to go home during the two weeks of the trial.