Defense says Jerry Sandusky has 'histrionic personality disorder'

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The judge presiding over the criminal trial of Jerry Sandusky gave the defense permission on Friday to present expert testimony on a personality disorder.

The request by the defense came in response to letters presented by the prosecution in which the defendant allegedly wrote to a teenage boy about needing a best friend. In one such letter, he wrote, "I hope that I will be able to say that I cared. There has been love in my heart. Love never ends. It bears all things, believes all things."

The defense said in its motion that a psychologist will testify that Mr. Sandusky has histrionic personality disorder, and that the tones of the letters he wrote are consistent with that, instead of being consistent with a pedophile trying to groom a victim.

"The goal of a person suffering from this disorder in writing those letters would not necessarily be to groom or sexually consummate a relationship in a criminal manner, but rather to satisfy the needs of a psyche belabored by the needs of such a disorder."

McKean County Senior Judge John M. Cleland gave the defense permission to call such an expert, but also is requiring that Mr. Sandusky make himself available to an expert for the prosecution to prepare rebuttal testimony.

Testimony concluded for the week on Thursday, and the prosecution is expected to rest on Monday morning.


First Published June 16, 2012 12:00 AM


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