The recent sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, involving allegations that
long time coach and defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
abused, raped, and molested young boys came as a shock to people around Phoenix, Arizona and throughout the United
States. But as the shock wears off, there is a serious case to defend
and the need for an experienced
Phoenix criminal defense attorney to defend it.
Although details of the allegations are still sketchy, some assessment
of the defense to be raised by Sandusky’s criminal defense attorney
are evident. Allegedly, an eyewitness saw Sandusky raping a boy in a shower.
Numerous other victims have now come forward making similar allegations
of criminal behavior.
Any eyewitness is subject to bias and misperception. A serious issue exists
as to why the witness did not report the sexual abuse which she saw in
a timely manner to the proper authorities. And if he did report it to
the proper authorities and did not get a sufficient response, why didn’t
he take it a step further. Also, what motive does the witness have to
lie or fabricate for personal gain? These are all things that need to
be explored by a competent criminal defense attorney in Phoenix.
Many alleged victims are now coming out of the woodwork claiming that the
same sort of thing happened to them. Prosecutors will undoubtedly suggest
they did not report Sandusky’s criminal conduct because of ‘repressed
memory syndrome.’ This will surely be the subject of expert testimony
at trial. The alleged victim will need to be thoroughly investigated to
see if they have ulterior motives such as a possible civil suit against
Sandusky, Coach Joe Paterno, or the state of Pennsylvania.
We have successful defended dozens of complex sex cases such as sexual
assault, rape, child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, and sexual
exploitation of a minor. If you are need of representation for this type
of charge, please
contact us immediately.