As I write this, the prosecution has finished presenting its case in the Jerry Sandusky trial and the defense is about to start. I find this case abhorrent. Jerry Sandusky was a popular coach and influential person in the Penn State system. He is accused of 51 counts of sexually molesting young boys that he met through his charity, Second Mile.
There are so many things in this case that I find repugnant. The first is that he targeted at-risk young boys under the guise of a charitable organization that was supposed to specifically help them. Reprehensible.
Another thing that I find despicable is that he used his power, position and money to entrap the boys. He gave them things they could never have afforded or had the opportunity to get without him. That kept them coming back to him. He used his power and influence to protect himself so that he would not be accused of criminal activity and the victims would have no voice. Disgusting!
News stations like CNN are reporting that one of the defense stratagems might be to claim that he has histrionic personality disorder, which causes people to act emotionally and dramatically so as to draw attention to them. Ridiculous. If that were true, he should have sought treatment. It’s also no excuse for that sort of behavior. The boys were still assaulted and molested.