As the Jerry Sandusky trial continues, many people in Atlanta may have already made up their minds as to whether the former assistant college football coach is guilty or not, but Georgians may be surprised to learn that Sandusky's psychologist has just testified that he has a personality disorder. This calls into question whether he voluntarily committed the 51 counts of sexual assault of which he has been charged.
Violent or sexual offenses carry great weight in Georgia and across the county. Therefore, it is important that anyone who is convicted of such a crime knowingly and voluntarily committed it. When someone cannot help him or herself because of some kind of physical or mental health condition, it is not fair to convict them of a crime that requires a voluntary act.
In the case of Jerry Sandusky, there is evidence that indicates he may not have been able to control his need for attention, which sometimes exhibits itself as sexually seductive behavior. Sandusky's psychologist testified that he diagnosed Sandusky with a histrionic personality disorder. Based off of interviews with the suspect and reading his memoir, the psychologist confidently has said that Sandusky has a personality disorder.
The psychologist has said that this disorder causes Sandusky to be excessively emotional and that his behavior can be sexually provocative at times. After reading what the prosecutors are calling love letters to one of Sandusky's accusers and his memoir, the psychologist's diagnosis has been confirmed.
As more information comes out, it may be very difficult for a jury to convict Sandusky of sexual assault.
Source: Reuters, "Psychologist in trial says Sandusky has personality disorder," Ian Simpson and Matt Morgan, June 19, 2012