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Sandusky does not testify, defense rests

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The defense for former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky rested Wednesday, without him taking the stand. (Source: CNN) The defense for former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky rested Wednesday, without him taking the stand. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – The defense for Jerry Sandusky rested their case Wednesday, without their client testifying and responding to the child sexual abuse charges against him.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola told ABC News Sandusky wanted to take the stand but was overruled. The final decision came after the former Penn State football coach and his legal team left the courtroom to discuss the matter and make the final decision.

With no testimony, prosecutors did not get the chance to question the man accused of 51 counts of sex abuse against 10 boys. Final statements from the prosecution and defense are expected to be finished by Thursday, then the jury will deliberate.

On Tuesday, CBS reported Sandusky planned to take the stand in his own defense. The report stated Sandusky would be the final witness for the defense.

Sandusky's wife, Dottie Sandusky, testified Tuesday. She said she never saw her husband engage in any inappropriate actions with the boys who visited their home and stayed overnight.

Prior to Dottie Sandusky's testimony, Amendola questioned investigators, asking them what details they shared among the alleged victims during interviews.

On Monday, prosecutors subpoenaed unaired footage of an interview Sandusky gave to NBC's Bob Costas.

In the interview, Sandusky said he believed character references would come to his defense, specifically kids he helped in the past.

Costas asked if it were possible Sandusky could have helped one child without doing anything appropriate while still doing something "objectionable" with others.

His answer seemed to indicate a possible confession.

"I would guess there would be many young people who would come forward and say that my methods and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life," Sandusky responded.

"I didn't go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I've helped. There are many who I didn't have – I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways."

[Transcript of the entire interview]

The prosecution could play the unreleased portion of the interview during rebuttals to testimony. The defense could conclude its case by Wednesday, with closing arguments coming Thursday.

Sandusky has been charged with 51 criminal counts related to alleged inappropriate relationships and sexual abuse between him and young boys in a 15-year span. The former assistant coach is accused of using his charity – The Second Mile – to meet his victims.

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