Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial to begin with accusers' credibility key
Eight young men to allege in court that former Penn State assistant football coach abused them over 15-year period.
Opening arguments in the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky start on Monday, with the explosive case expected to hang on the credibility of witnesses.
Eight young men are prepared to allege in Centre County court that Sandusky, 68, befriended and then sexually abused them as boys over a 15-year period.
The men, now aged between 18 and 28, will be identified publicly for the first time in court, although the Guardian, along with several other media outlets, has decided not to name the alleged victims.
Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Pennsylvania State University, faces 52 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys. If convicted he could be sentenced to more than 500 years in prison.
Victor Vieth, executive director of the National Child Protection Training Centee, said Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, would try to attack the accusers’ believability, but would face a tough task.
The long gap between the alleged abuse and reporting it “only adds to their credibility,” said Vieth, a former Minnesota prosecutor.
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