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A legal and psychological take behind Sandusky allegations

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A Penn State fan wears a shirt that reads "Stop Child Abuse - Blue Out Nebraska" during a college football game against Nebraska at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.
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In last night's interview on NBC's "Rock Center," former Penn State football coordinator Jerry Sandusky denied charges that he sexually abused young boys, but admitted to having interacted with them.

"I could say that I have done some of those things," Sandusky said of allegations of sexual misconduct. "I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

Most recently, the Pennsylvania attorney general has accused Sandusky of using his charity, the Second Mile, for preying on young boys and girls.

Some experts believe the psychology behind pedophilia is a complicated one in which abusers, and their victims, justify their actions. In many cases, victims will blame themselves and are shamed into keeping quiet.


How will this affect the testimony of these young men and Sandusky himself? Many questioned why Sandusky agreed to give an interview because his answers can be used in court. What do you thin – was it a good legal strategy or will this hurt him in court?


Stan Goldman, professor of criminal law and criminal procedure, Loyola Law School

Thomas D. Lyon, professor of law and psychology, USC Gould School of Law