Psychologist Testifies Joshua Komisarjevsky Was Sexually Abused As A Child

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A psychologist hired by the defense has testified that a Connecticut man charged in a deadly home invasion told him he was repeatedly sexually abused as a child.

Dr. Leo Shea testified Wednesday that Joshua Komisarjevsky told him he was sexually abused from ages 4 to 6 and was also burned and tortured. Shea says one person Komisarjevsky said had abused him admitted it.

Komisarjevsky faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the home invasion in 2007 that left Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters dead. He is charged with sexually abusing 11-year-old Michaela Petit.

Shea says medical records show Komisarjevsky suffered five concussions as a child and that Komisarjevsky reported additional concussions to him. Shea also says Komisarjevsky extensively abused drugs such as crystal methamphetamine.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, both paroled burglars, broke into the Petit family’s home, beat Dr. William Petit with a bat and tied up him and his family. Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Petit’s wife and killing the couple’s two daughters, who died of smoke inhalation.

What do you make of the psychologist’s testimony?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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  • 2gruesome2b

    let’s be progressive. instead of shrieking for vengeance to satisfy our primordial blood lust, why don’t we set him up with a flower stand in the times square subway complex? perhaps all the poor boy needs is the cheerful and warm compliments of his customers as he develops himself into the exotic flower distributor to the east coast and parts of hudson bay, canada. his dream will never be realized if he is dispatched by a lethal injection. let’s be reasonable, after all.

  • Pplrfunny

    None of this information negates the fact that he raped at least two people and murdered three. Who cares?

  • let

    Well if he was abused, he should UNDERSTAND how wrong it is to abuse others, yet he still committed his crimes. Even more reason to give him the death penalty.

  • Clem

    Who cares? No one. Incinerate it immediately.

  • Claude

    Whatever happened to him, he freely chose his actions. He followed the mother and youngest daughter home from the supermarket to see where they lived, then planned the attack. They could have taken the $15,000 the mother withdrew from the bank and left. Instead, Komisarjevsky urged Hayes to commit the rape and then they slaughtered the famiily. Nothing in his past, abuse or drugs, can be a mitigating factor for such evil. The state should hold a lottery to give citizens a chance to pull the switch on this dirtbag. I’d pay $1000 for a ticket.

  • tamara isaac

    Maybe Casey Anthony’s father abused him.

  • Scott

    How is it possible that this guy hasn’t fallen down a flight of stairs, got crushed between a garbage truck, accidently shot by a dropped gun, whatever ! ? And died. What he helped do to that beautiful family and I have to “still” see his picture and read about a court case really burns me up.

  • no mercy

    That is just a bunch of stupid argument, if every child that has been abused ended up killing or raping people imagine how this world would be. No mercy for these to parolees, they were on parole, so they knew exactly what they were doing. Just get rid of these two human garbage.

  • Peter

    Psychologist could testify that the assailant likes licorice candy.So what. He is a murderer.Get off the stand,you have nothing to contribute.

  • Nick

    This just tells me that we have to execute the entire stinking family. Stop the rot before it spreads.

  • t dubs

    not relevant to this case, go on with his trial

  • Frostie

    Well, that is too bad what happened to him – but – still no excuse to rob, kill and burn.
    This man needs to be executed.

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  • thor's hammer

    oh woe is you. probably played the “poor me” card when you had the burglary case heard. coward. this is probably a case where “joint venture” applies. you knew it was wrong from the get-go. you’ve already sponged off the good people of ct long enough and now it’s time for you & your cohort in crime to just go away permanently. regrettably you won’t suffer near enough. mrs petit and those girls had so much to live for and we are the poorer for their loss. no tears, symathy for murderers, torturers and arsonists.

  • Juliano Ramon Ramos

    Perfect idea. Use childhood trauma to coddle the crime of the criminal. I have childhood traumas too. Still have yet to ever see anything more than a parking ticket. I am not sympathetic to excuses. His abuse isn’t the victims’ problem.

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