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Psychologist: Sandusky has personality disorder

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A psychologist who testified at Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial says the former assistant football coach has a personality disorder characterized by excessive emotionality and attention seeking.

Elliot Atkins told jurors Tuesday that he interviewed Sandusky for six hours before diagnosing him with "histrionic personality disorder."

Atkins said he also gave Sandusky two objective tests. He said his diagnosis was confirmed by the letters Sandusky wrote to one of his accusers.

The psychologist said people with the disorder often interact with others in inappropriate sexually seductive ways or in a provocative behavior. He said they exaggerate expressions of emotion, and often have impaired relationships with same-sex friends.

The defense is hoping to convince jurors that the disorder explains some of Sandusky's behavior.

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