Sandusky defense rests

    The defense rested Wednesday in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial.

    The former Penn State defensive coordinator did not take the stand in his own defense.

    Dr. Jonathan Dranov was the star witness for the defense as Sandusky’s legal team wrapped up its case.

    Dranov testified he spoke to key prosecution eyewitness Mike McQueary on the night the then-graduate assistant says he saw Sandusky assaulting a boy.

    Tom Kline, a civil attorney for the man known to prosecutors as Victim Five, says the contradictions in the two testimonies were minor.

    “Dr. Dranov, the way I saw it, reinforced the testimony of a man, Mike McQueary, who was shaken,” Kline said. “So I would think at some point, would’ve thought at some point, there would have been some direct refutation of the charges, and, in this case, there was none.”

    Also testifying for the defense were two men who said they also met Sandusky through the Second Mile nonprofit.

    They said they spent a lot time with him on trips and sleepovers, but experienced no inappropriate contact.

    Closing arguments are set for Thursday.

    The jury will be sequestered as the panel deliberates each of the 51 counts against Sandusky.

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