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Sandusky defense: Police tried to guide accusers

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Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse on Tuesday. Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse on Tuesday.
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers say state police troopers who investigated the former assistant football coach attempted to guide the allegations of his accusers.

The defense on Tuesday called Corporal Joseph A. Leiter, a state trooper for 26 years, who acknowledged the young men were told of other accusers, but were never provided with specifics of what the witnesses had said.

"Each of these accusers was very, very seriously injured and very concerned," Leiter told the jury. "And we had told them, especially prior to going to grand jury, that they wouldn't be alone, there were others."

Sandusky attorney's, Joe Amendola, read a transcript of a recorded interview between Leiter and the accuser referred to by prosecutors as Victim 4, who claims he was subjected to more than 50 incidents that later escalated to oral sex.

Amendola said the accuser never mentioned oral sex until after the trooper brought it up. He read for the court what Leiter told the accuser, according to the transcript of the recording:

"It is amazing that you have been repeating word for word what other people have said," Amendola read. "There is a pretty well-defined progression on how he operates ... especially when it goes on for an extended period of time, it leads to more than just the touching ... to actual oral sex ... I don't want you to feel the shame that you are a victim in this whole thing, what happened."

"That sounds accurate, yes," Leiter said on the stand. "We told him that there were similar things." He added that he did not see anything inappropriate about the interview technique.

Sandusky's lawyers also called the civil attorney who represents so-called Victim 4, Ben Andreozzi of Harrisburg, who attended his client's interview with Leiter. During a break in the questioning, while the young man was out of the room but the audiotape continued to record, Andreozzi spoke to Corporal Leiter.

Amendola read from the transcript: "Can we at some point in time say ‘we have interviewed other kids … they've admitted it. Is there anything else you want to tell us?'"

Andreozzi said in court that he did not recall asking the question, but did not dispute that it was his voice on the recording. He said his client had told him something else had happened, but the young man was not comfortable talking about it. He said his client was shaking and emotionally distraught during the interview.

The defense also called nine character witnesses, including a 25-year-old woman who said she spent about four years in the The Second Mile and later served for about a year in Iraq. She told jurors she has known Andreozzi's client for about 18 years.

"He was a dishonest person and embellished stories," she said.

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