Three more Sandusky accusers testify to abuse
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012 09:06
By BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky waited three years to make his move.
He met the boy through The Second Mile in 1999 and brought him into the cadre of youngsters who accompanied him to tailgates and Penn State football games. Then in 2001, the retired football coach invited the 13-year-old to work out with him at the university's football training center.
After a brief session on a treadmill and weight machines, Sandusky suggested they hit the sauna, the man whom prosecutors call Victim 5 testified Wednesday.
Inside, Sandusky sat down, parted his towel and exposed himself to the boy. After what felt like forever, the man said, he followed Sandusky down a long hallway to the showers, where Penn State's former defensive coordinator hung up his towel and turned on the water.
Victim 5 followed him but tried to keep his distance and faced the wall to preserve his modesty, the 23-year-old from Centre County said.
"I kept looking over my shoulder and saw that he was standing a few feet away from me," the man said, his voice breaking and his eyes cast toward the floor. "I saw that his penis was enlarged, but I didn't understand the significance of it."
The boy inched into a corner but Sandusky kept encroaching, Victim 5 told the Centre County jury of seven women and five men. Sandusky began lathering soap on the boy's shoulders.
"I felt his body on my back. I kept lurching forward, but I didn't have anywhere to go," the man said, sobbing. "I felt his penis on my back."
Sandusky reached around and touched his genitalia, Victim 5 testified, then took the boy's hand and put it on his own penis.
On cross-examination, the man said he is certain the incident happened in late summer 2001 because it happened between his 13th birthday and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Victim 5's testimony came on the third day of Sandusky's trial on 52 counts of child sexual abuse, when Judge John M. Cleland allowed prosecutors to present a Penn State janitor's testimony about a co-worker's near breakdown after seeing Sandusky allegedly performing oral sex on a boy in a locker room.
Jurors also heard from the father of key prosecution witness Mike McQueary and two other alleged victims. The accusers all gave their names in court, but The Morning Call typically does not name victims of sexual abuse.
Also Wednesday, prosecutors played audio from Sandusky's interview with Bob Costas, aired in November on NBC's "Rock Center," in which the ex-coach admitted showering with young boys.
Cleland told jurors at the end of the proceedings that prosecutors expect to conclude their case by Friday, putting the trial, projected to last two to three weeks, well ahead of schedule.
Sandusky's lawyers objected to the janitor's testimony, saying it was hearsay and inadmissible. The man who witnessed the alleged assault suffers dementia and could not testify himself, but the judge agreed that his co-worker's testimony falls under an exception for "excited utterances" _ statements made in the wake of a startling event.
Penn State janitor Ronald Petrosky told jurors he was cleaning locker rooms at the Lasch football building in the fall of 2000 when he saw two pairs of legs, one pair hairy and one pair skinny, in a shower.
Out of politeness, he went outside to prepare his cleaning supplies and waited until Sandusky and a small boy left. On re-entering the locker room, he encountered James Calhoun, a part-time janitor who had been cleaning toilets and was pale and shaking.
"He said, 'That man who just left had that boy up against the wall licking on his privates,'" Petrosky said.
On cross-examination, Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola grilled him on how much time passed between Sandusky's leaving the locker room and Calhoun's statement, a crucial issue in judging the reliability of an excited utterance. Another janitor, Jay Witherite, is expected to testify later.
Victim 10, a 25-year-old man from Columbia, Lancaster County, testified Sandusky forced oral sex on him as a boy and then threatened him not to tell anyone about the abuse.
Like each of the young men who has testified so far, Victim 10 met Sandusky in his second year attending a summer camp run by The Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded for disadvantaged children.
Playing with Victim 10 and other children in an outdoor pool at Penn State, Sandusky swam between the boy's legs and groped the boy's genitals while lifting him out of the water.
Victim 10 testified he didn't tell anyone what happened, and Sandusky later took him to a football game with other children. Then 11, the boy spent more time with Sandusky and went to his home later in the fall of 1998.
Alone in the house, they went to the basement, Victim 10 said.
"We were wrestling around and the defendant pulled down my shorts and started performing oral sex on me," the man said.
Asked by Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan III how he reacted, the man said, "I freaked out. I was scared."
Afterward, "He told me that if I told anybody I would never see my family again," the man said, adding that Sandusky later apologized, saying he didn't mean it.