Sandusky Trial Rocked as Adopted Son Says He Was Abused, Too


Amendola, pacing back and forth in front of the jury box and gesturing with his hands, yelled that there was no way the investigation into Sandusky was fair or the allegations against him are credible.

"In November this man was charged with 40-some counts of the worst kinds of offenses. Within days Coach (Joe) Paterno was fired -- fired! -- after 30-some years as a coach," Amendola said. He added that two other officials were arrested and the university president was fired over the allegations.

"This was a three year investigation," he said. "In the interviews after the arrest, with the attorney general, the officers, everyone involved in this investigation, 'Jerry's a monster.' If he's such a monster why didn't you arrest him in 2008? Take him off the streets? They didn't feel comfortable charging him."

Amendola touched on all the key themes he brought up during defense testimony and cross-examinations, including the idea that the accusers embellished their stories in the hopes of lucrative lawsuits later, key witness Mike McQueary did not see a sexual act taking place, and that Sandusky helped thousands of children before these accusations, none of whom ever made a complaint against him.

"No one ever made a complaint, not one complaint, out of hundreds of thousands of kids Mr. Sandusky interacted with. Not one parent, not one teacher ever said he did something," Amendola said.

Victim 1, who launched the investigation that resulted in the charges, made a claim that Sandusky fondled him because he didn't want to go to Sandusky's house one night, Amendola said, relying on testimony from Victim 1's neighbor.

"So what [Victim 1] did, I submit, was that he never anticipated the colossal chain of events that would ensue. He said Mr. Sandusky fondled him. That was the very first allegation," he said.

That allegation yielded no other alleged victims until the investigation was leaked to the press, Amendola said, resulting in the other accusers being pressured by police to say that the same thing happened to them. At that point, Sandusky argued, the investigators and prosecutors set out to prove that Sandusky had other victims and get a conviction.

"The system decided Mr. Sandusky was guilty and the system set out to convict him," he said.

Amendola appealed to the nine jurors with ties to Penn State, deploring the fact that the charges brought down Paterno, the school's elderly and beloved football coach, and damaged the school.

Amendola ended with a quote from Mother Teresa about standing for the truth, and then said that the next book Sandusky write will be called "Slammed," because "that's what happening to him, because everything he's ever stood for, everything he's ever loved, is gone."

Earlier today, Judge John Cleland gave the jury some guidelines for its deliberations.

"It is not necessarily a crime for an adult to touch a child," the judge said.

"It is not necessarily a crime for a man to take a shower with a boy, wash a boy's hair, lather his shoulders, or engage in back rubbing or back cracking," he said. "What makes this kind of ambiguous contact a crime is the intent with which it is done. You must determine it is an act of lust."

The judge also dismissed three charges, lowering the number of counts against Sandusky from 51 to 48.

Cleland went over each of the crimes charged against Sandusky, explaining what criteria must be met for Sandusky to be found guilty on any of them.

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