Friday, December 16, 2011

Sandusky's shower defense

Sandusky's shower defense

Sandusky's shower defense, A lawyer for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is explaining why his client showered with boys. Attorney Karl Romingeris among those defending Sandusky against child sex-abuse charges.
A new lawyer on Jerry Sandusky’s legal team offered up an interesting possible explanation for the former Penn State defensive coordinator’s habits of showering with young boys.
“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills,” attorney Karl Rominger, who recently joined Sandusky’s defense team, told Harrisburg’s abc27 News Tuesday. “Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills, like how to put soap on their body.”

Sandusky has admitted to showering with boys, but claims he has not sexually abused them. Rominger said his college cross country coach often showered with the team.

He also said he does not disagree with Sandusky’s decision to talk to the media, though he thinks his client could have come across a little better.

Rominger also said the grand jury report has raised credibility issues, most significantly with assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s testimony. In the grand jury report, McQueary said he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in a shower in 2002. Recent reports from a McQueary family friend have contradicted that, saying he didn’t actually see any sexual acts.

“They (the grand jury) said McQueary’s highly credible,” Rominger said. “We now know that’s not true. And I guarantee you you’re going to see other parts of that presentment that are not true.”

On Tuesday, Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing, claiming he is not guilty and will “fight for four quarters” when the actual trial begins.

Sandusky, 67, faces 52 criminal counts for what a grand jury called a series of sexual assaults and abuse of 10 boys dating back to the 1990s.
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