A laywer for one of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case has asked whether a dinner hosted by Sandusky in July could have been for the purposes of "manipulation and mental abuse" of potential witnesses.
The dinner took place at the Sandusky home with the police investigation into Sandusky fully underway. According to "Victim Six," who received the inviation and then phoned police, it was billed as a reunion of children who had worked with Sandusky's Second Mile charity.
Victim Six and Victim Two each attended the dinner and reported the ongoings at the dinner to police. While not known whether or not Sandusky discussed the investigation with the alleged victims, Victim Six lawyer Howard Janet says Sandusky's motivation has to be called into question:
"When you look at the invitation, look at how it's couched, the timing of it, and look at what his attorney has attempted to make of it, I think there are some very serious questions raised," Janet said ...Janet also took issue with comments by Sandusky lawyer Joseph Amendola, including those concerning the dinner.
"Why was he arranging to meet with victims while under investigation? Was he trying to tamper with or improperly influence potential witnesses? ... "Was he trying to use the victims' attendance at dinner to discredit their accusations against him as part of a devious strategic plan of defense?"
Despite the charges against him and the resulting scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job as Penn State head coach, Sandusky remains free on bail.