Jerry Sandusky trial: Defense to turn to psychologist witness

Jerry Sandusky
In this courtroom sketch, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky listens to opening statements during the first day of his child sexual abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2012.
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(CBS News) The prosecution is expected to rest Monday in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, after a surprising ruling on Friday gave the defense some ammunition.

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Judge John Cleland granted a motion to allow a psychologist testify about a psychiatric condition called histrionic personality disorder in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves, as defined by the National Institutes of Health.

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Sandusky, the former Penn State coach, is charged with 51 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Monday, the prosecution withdrew one count (Count 33 - Victim #7, unlawful contact with a minor) because the law related to the charge did not go into effect until a few years after the alleged crime.

The defense is expected to argue that Sandusky's behavior was not that of a sexual predator, but rather of a man attempting to draw attention to himself by his activities, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reported.

The psychologist is expected to testify early on in the defense's case.

For more on the case of the former Penn State football coach and what to expect in the days ahead, watch the video in the player above.