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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Dottie Sandusky takes the stand

(CBS/AP) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Dottie Sandusky, whose husband Jerry Sandusky is accused of 51 counts of child sex abuse, took the stand in his defense Tuesday afternoon. She said she never saw or suspected any inappropriate contact between her husband and his alleged victims, reports StateCollege.com.

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According to the website, Dottie Sandusky characterized her husband's accusers as alternately "conniving," "charming" and "demanding."

According to CBS Pittsburgh, Dottie Sandusky was asked specifically if anything unusual happened during the Alamo Bowl. She recalled that she, Jerry and alleged "Victim 4" argued about going to a luncheon.

"I came in one day... They were in an area by the bathroom and dressing area... They were standing there... I said, 'What's going on?' "... Jerry was upset. He had asked (victim) if he wanted to go to a $50 luncheon and he said, 'Yes' and then on the day of the luncheon he refused to go and Jerry knew I would be upset."

Earlier in the trial, alleged Victim 4 testified that Dottie returned to the room during an attempted sex act in a bathroom but Dottie Sandusky testified today both were fully-clothed.

StateCollege.com reports that Dottie Sandusky also told the court that her husband only went down to say goodnight to the boys who slept over in the basement and that she didn't fall asleep before him.

Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting his bail, accompanying him to court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence. She also said that his accusers were making up their stories.

She is not charged in the case.

One witness has already testifiedthat he was attacked the Sanduskys' basement and once tried to cry out for help when she was upstairs but that she couldn't hear because the basement was soundproof. But Dottie Sandusky said  that the basement where the boys would stay wasn't soundproof.

Jerry Sandusky has denied the charges against him.

Earlier Tuesday, the defense called psychologist Eliot Atkins to the stand. Atkins told the court that he conducted a six hour interview of Sandusky, and reviewed materials including the "creepy love letters" Sandusky sent some of his alleged victims and Sandusky's memoir, "Touched."

Based on the interviews and materials, Atkins testified that he diagnosed Sandusky with histrionic personality disorder, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, is a "condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves."

The defense showed excerpts from some of these letter, including one which read, in part: "I write because of the churning in my stomach when you don't care. I still hope there will be meaning to the time we have known each other."

Atkins then testified that, "The letters express his hurt, disappointment and criticism of these people for not getting back what he hoped to get from these relationships."

Complete coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial on CBSNews.com

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