Prosecution closes in Sandusky case; jury begins deliberations

June 21, 2012 6:54 am
  • Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the jury began deliberating his case. At right is Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau.
    Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the jury began deliberating his case. At right is Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau.
  • Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse with his wife, Dorothy (left) for the closing arguments in his trial today.
    Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse with his wife, Dorothy (left) for the closing arguments in his trial today.
  • Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse on Wednesday after the defense rested on the seventh day of testimony.
    Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse on Wednesday after the defense rested on the seventh day of testimony.
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The lead prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case urged the jury to find him guilty on all counts, calling him a "serial predatory pedophile" who preyed on vulnerable children.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan III referenced Mr. Sandusky's interview with NBC's Bob Costas shortly after he was charged, zeroing in on his halting response when Mr. Costas asked him if he was sexually attracted to boys. Mr. Sandusky repeated the question, paused and then said he enjoyed the company of young people before denying a sexual attraction. Most people would respond automatically and forcefully if someone asked them about criminality, the prosecutor said.

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He also focused on Victim 2, the boy who Mr. McQueary said he saw being assaulted by Mr. Sandusky in a locker room shower and whose identity has not been determined. Mr. Sandusky knows who it was and hasn't divulged it, he said. "He had complete capacity to exonerate himself. Did he provide that name? Certainly not to Bob Costas. He forgot that," Mr. McGettigan said.

He mentioned Dorothy Sandusky's answer to a question at the end of her testimony about why all of the accusers would lie. Ms. Sandusky testified that she didn't know why. "The truthful answer would have been 'I know they're not lying,'" the prosecutor said.

"You can see the full spectrum of predatory pedophile behavior" from the eight accusers' testimony, he said. It went to "full bloom" with anal and oral sex with three of the boys, Mr. McGettigan said. He said Mr. Sandusky targeted fatherless boys in programs run by his charity, The Second Mile. "Reaching out to those who need the most help? He was preying on those who were most vulnerable."

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Stepping away from the jury box where he had been speaking for slightly more than an hour, Mr. McGettigan took a spot next to Mr. Sandusky and concluded his closing argument by saying, "He molested and abused and hurt these children horribly. He knows he did it and you know he did it. Give him the justice he really deserves. Find him guilty of everything."

The jury left the Centre County courtroom to begin deliberations at 1:12 p.m.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola told a Centre County jury today that the sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky were fabrications, coaxed from alleged victims by overzealous investigators and money-hungry lawyers.

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com.
First Published 2012-06-26 15:35:57
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