Local Psychiatrist Weighs In On Driving Force Behind Penn St. Sex Scandal

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- “It's not about sex, it's about power.”

That is how Fort Wayne Psychiatrist Dr. Jay Fawver characterizes the sex abuse former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is alleged to have carried out against multiple young boys.

Sandusky is entitled to the presumption of innocence until a trial, but Dr. Fawver says the verdict is already in on what drives the behavior of a pedophile.

Jerry Sandusky has been charged with 40 criminal counts, accused of lurid acts with young boys.

In one instance, a graduate assistant coach says he walked into a shower area and witnessed Sandusky raping a boy around the age of ten.

Fawver watched two nights ago as NBC's Bob Costas interviewed Sandusky by phone, asking him if he was sexually attracted to young boys.

Jay Fawver, MD/Ft. Wayne Psychiatrist: " How did he respond when he was asked that question by Costas? I saw him hesitate because that's not what it's about. It's about a sadistic expression of power and dominance. It's an angry expression. There's no love, there's no sexual attraction."

Fawver says oftentimes these are people who themselves have been sexually abused early in life.

He says because of the suffering and pain they endured, they can feel compelled to turn that around on someone else, creating a cycle of violence.




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