Trial transcripts posted online Friday show Jerry Sandusky reversed course and decided not to take the witness stand after his adopted son came forward and told prosecutors the former Penn State assistant football coach had abused him.
Matt Sandusky, whom the defense had planned to call as a witness, abruptly switched sides late in the trial, approaching prosecutors and offering to testify that he had suffered abuse at the hands of his father, the transcript shows.
The transcript shows that prosecutors planned to call Matt Sandusky as a rebuttal witness if Jerry Sandusky testified in his own defense. They later backed off, but wouldn't agree to a defense request to refrain from asking Sandusky about his son's claims on cross examination.
The 68 year old Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for next month. He still maintains his innocence.
Shortly after the former coach's arrest in November, Matt Sandusky's ex-wife went to court to keep her former father-in-law away from their three young children.
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