Update 5:15 p.m. -- During afternoon testimony, the defense called the neighbor of accuser #1’s mother to the stand. The witness said that, contrary to previous testimony, the accuser’s mother told him that she stood to make a lot of money off of Sandusky.

"I'll own his house,” she reportedly said in 2008, referring to Sandusky.

The defense then called on Dr. Elliot Atkins, who said he confirmed his earlier diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder after reading Sandusky’s letters and book as well as conducting a six-hour interview with the defendant.

This "made me feel more confident about my diagnosis,” he said. “Absolutely confirmed, in my mind, this diagnosis."

The condition is characterized by excessive emotions, attention seeking and inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior, according to Atkins.

Stay with HuffPost for more updates, including testimony from Dottie Sandusky, the defendant’s wife.

Update 2:07 p.m. -- Prior to breaking for lunch, Sandusky’s defense team played an April 21, 2011, police interview recording in which Cpl. Joseph Leiter, who testified earlier for the prosecution, assured Sandusky Accuser #4 that he was one in a series of victims. The defense played the tape in an attempt to rebut Leiter’s previous claim that he had never discussed other allegations with the accusers.

“You are not alone in this,” Leiter is heard saying. “There is actual oral sex that has taken place, by both parties. I don't want you to feel ashamed because you are a victim in this whole thing."

It remains unclear whether Sandusky will take the stand in his own defense.

"You have to wait," defense attorney Joe Amendola told reporters earlier in the day, according to CNN.

Original Story -- BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A parade of witnesses Tuesday morning testified to the integrity of Jerry Sandusky, characterizing the alleged child molester as a "wonderful man" and respected "father figure" to the young people he mentored.

Tenessa Anne Inpoofe, who said she met Sandusky 17 years ago through his Second Mile charity, was the first of several friends and associates who took the stand to defend the former Pennsylvania State University football coach.

"He was a very respected man in the community by helping the children in the Second Mile and for all the other activities he's done with the kids," Inpoofe said.

Another former Second Mile participant, Joshua Green of Milesburg, said he has known Sandusky since the early 1990s and described him as a law-abiding citizen.

Megan Lynn Rash, a pregnant 25-year-old from Milesburg, echoed the statements of the witnesses before her. She also shared her opinion of Accuser #4 -- a person she asserted she has known for about 18 years.

"He was a dishonest person and embellished stories," Rash said.

On June 11, Accuser #4, now 28, had testified that he was about 14 when Sandusky allegedly had him perform oral sex on the coach while the two showered together. "It would have to be 40 times, at least," he said.

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  • Jerry Sandusky

    Role: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, accused of molesting boys over a 15-year period. Background: Arrested in November after a long investigation by a statewide grand jury. He had been a very successful defensive coach for the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his fame in the community to attract victims. Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children. Status: Awaits trial, with jury selection scheduled for Tuesday.

  • Dottie Sandusky

    Role: Married to Jerry Sandusky. Background: 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 and said accusers were making up stories. She is not charged.

  • Tim Curley

    Role: Penn State athletic director, on leave while he fights criminal charges for actions related to the Sandusky scandal. Background: Curley fielded a complaint about Sandusky in a team shower with a boy in early 2001, and told a grand jury he instructed Sandusky not to be inside Penn State athletic facilities with any young people. Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He's not on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.

  • Gary Schultz

    Role: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now retired. Background: Schultz told the grand jury that head coach Joe Paterno and assistant Mike McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident "in a very general way" but did not provide details. Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He's not on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.

  • Mike McQueary

    Role: Assistant Penn State football coach. Was a graduate assistant in 2001, when he says he witnessed Jerry Sandusky and a boy naked together in a team shower. McQueary took his complaint to Paterno, who alerted university administrators. Background: McQueary testified at a court hearing in December that he "believed Jerry was sexually molesting" the boy and "having some type of intercourse with him."

  • Joe Amendola

    Role: Defense attorney for Jerry Sandusky. Background: Amendola has been second-guessed for allowing Sandusky to go on network television and speak at length with a reporter for The New York Times after his arrest. Has won several legal battles for Sandusky, including getting him released on bail and fighting the prosecution's effort to have the case heard by a jury from outside the State College area. His office is in State College.

  • Karl Rominger

    Role: Another defense attorney for Jerry Sandusky. Background: Rominger suggested in media interviews that Sandusky might have been teaching "basic hygiene skills" to some of the youths, such as how to put soap on their bodies. His office is in Carlisle.

  • Joseph McGettigan III

    Role: Lead prosecutor. Background: McGettigan, currently senior deputy attorney general, is a veteran prosecutor with stints in the Philadelphia and Delaware County district attorneys' offices and the U.S. attorney's office. McGettigan prosecuted John du Pont, the chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate in 1996. He's known as an aggressive, feisty lawyer.

  • John Cleland

    Role: Judge presiding over Sandusky's trial. Background: Cleland is a semi-retired senior judge from McKean County in western Pennsylvania. Known as courteous and fair-minded, Cleland previously chaired a state panel that investigated a nationally reported scandal in Luzerne County involving the trading of juvenile-detention suspects for cash.

  • Joe Paterno

    Role: The longtime football coach was told by McQueary in 2001 that he saw Sandusky and Victim No. 2 in a shower on the Penn State campus and, in turn, told Curley and Schultz. Background: The head coach at Penn State from 1966 through 2011, and major college football's winningest, he offered to resign at the end of the 2011 season amid the uproar after Sandusky's arrest Nov. 6. The Penn State Board of Trustees, however, ousted him for what was called his "failure of leadership" surrounding allegations about Sandusky. He died of lung cancer Jan. 22.

  • Sue Paterno

    Role: Married to Paterno for almost 50 years, she raised five children with him and passionately defended her husband during the scandal and after he died. It's unclear whether she might testify.

  • Tom Corbett

    Role: Now the governor of Pennsylvania, he was attorney general when the investigation into Sandusky was launched by state prosecutors. Background: Corbett is an ex-officio member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, although he did not actively participate until after Sandusky was charged in December.

  • Linda Kelly

    Role: Pennsylvania attorney general, whose office is prosecuting Sandusky. Background: A career prosecutor in the Pittsburgh area, Kelly inherited the Sandusky probe from Corbett when she was confirmed as his temporary successor as attorney general. She leaves office in January.

  • Frank Noonan

    Role: Pennsylvania State Police commissioner. Background: Noonan garnered national attention two days after Sandusky's arrest when he criticized Paterno, a Penn State and sports icon, for failing his "moral responsibility" to do more when McQueary told him of the 2001 shower incident.

  • Jack Raykovitz

    Role: Former CEO of The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky founded. Background: Raykovitz led the charity for almost 30 years and was a longtime friend of Sandusky's. Raykovitz testified before the grand jury that recommended indicting Sandusky on child abuse charges. He resigned from The Second Mile soon after the scandal broke, and board members later complained that Raykovitz hadn't told them enough about earlier allegations against Sandusky.


After Rash came Joyce Porter, a friend of Sandusky's wife, Dottie. Porter testifed, "All the people I know who know Jerry think he is a wonderful man."

Phil Mohr, a retired affiliate professor of microbiology at Penn State, agreed. Mohr testified that he has known the ex-coach for about 35 years and described Sandusky's reputation as "wonderful." Another former professor, Jack Willenbrock, said Sandusky is a "father figure and is also respected for what he did professionally."

The defense then took a break from Second Mile participants and Sandusky's professional associates to call Pennsylvania State Police trooper Scott S.C. Rossman to the stand. A 13-year veteran of the force, Rossman said he had been a lead investigator on the case since May or June of 2009 and interviewed many of the accusers.

Rossman said the accusers he interviewed initially told him that nothing had happened or that what had happened was minimal. He testified that after those first interviews, the young men became more comfortable talking with police.

Cpl. Joseph Leiter, a police officer for 26 years, was next to testify. Like Rossman, Leiter said that some of the accusers were initially not open about discussing their relationship with Sandusky.

The defendant was then described as a great guy by Lance Mehl, a former linebacker for the New York Jets who said he has known Sandusky for about 15 years.

"We all looked up to him. He was a class A," Mehl said.

The last two witnesses to testify before the first recess of the day were John Wetzler, a retired social studies teacher who said he has known Sandusky for more than 25 years, and Kelly Simco, a 28-year-old woman who has known him for 20 years.

"Thanks to Jerry, half my [college] tuition was paid," Simco said. She also said she still hears positive things about Sandusky despite the charges he faces. "Even through yesterday ... there is none better."

The former Penn State assistant coach is accused of sexually abusing multiple young boys over a 15-year period.

(Check back for the updates.)