More alleged accusers are scheduled to testify against the former Penn State's defensive coach and look to tell their stories of alleged abuse. Accuser #4 in the Grand Jury report was the first alleged victim to testify on Monday. Accuser #1 took the stand Tuesday morning.
Accuser #1, a Clinton County native, testified he knew Sandusky between 2005 and 2008. The 18 year old witness testified he met Sandusky through the Second Mile, and Sandusky fostered a relationship with the witness a couple weeks after they met. He told the jury Sandusky invited him over to his College Township home, took him downstairs many nights and sexually abused him. While crying on the stand, Accuser #1 told the court Sandusky performed oral sex on the boy and would crack his back and kiss his lips. He continued to say Sandusky would make him perform oral sex on him too.
Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan asked why Accuser #1 never went to police or reported the abuse to a parent or school official. Accuser#1 said he was embarrassed to tell anyone about the alleged abuse. He said he wanted to end his relationship with Sandusky in 2008, but Sandusky wanted to maintain a relationship and argued with him about having "more time with Sandusky."
Accuser #1 said during one incident, Sandusky pursued him around Accuser #1's neighborhood trying to find him. He says his mother got into an argument when Sandusky asked about her son's whereabouts.
Eventually, Accuser #1 said he reported his alleged abuse to the Keystone Central School District. This report was then handled by Children and Youth Services and State Police.
Under cross-examination, Accuser #1 said he never made comments about becoming rich after the Sandusky trial. The witness also said he didn't initially talk about oral sex with police, because he didn't feel comfortable about the topic.
Overview of Day 1 of the Sandusky Trial
On Monday, Accuser #4 he said the abuse he experienced began in 1997, when he was 13-years-old. The man, known as "Victim 4" in the Grand Jury report, said under questioning when Sandusky met him, he would take him to football games to make him feel comfortable. More specifically, the man said Sandusky maneuvered him on the ground at locations on the Penn State University Park campus and sexually touched him. Testimony showed Sandusky called the acts "horsing around" and the meetings got more and more physical. The man also said Sandusky put his hand on his leg every time he rode in a car.
Accuser #4 testified saying Sandusky took him to two post season bowl games, which were the Outback and Alamo Bowl games, and Sandusky made him feel more like a "girlfriend." Testimony also showed, according to the witness, Sandusky intended to send "creepy love letters," to him. The notes were recovered by police when investigators issued a search warrant for Sandusky's home.
"I can't pretend about my feelings, but that I always care," said one note. "Jer, became attuned to accuser and always will," said another letter. The man spoke in graphic detail about Sandusky performing sexual acts to him. The man said he never went to the police or to school superiors because he'd "lose all the good things in his life."
The man said his relationship ended in 2002, when he stopped returning Sandusky's calls. He says Sandusky then became mad when Accuser #4 wouldn't speak to him anymore.
Mid-way through the presentation of evidence and testimony, Juror #6 had to be excused because according to court staff, "she felt like she was going to be sick." Sources say the woman became slightly ill due to the heat in the courtroom.
Accuser #4 said Sandusky created an agreement between him and the boy where Sandusky would give him money if he stayed and performed well at the Second Mile. Marc McCann, a Second Mile employee, corroborated the program was inappropriate and payments to Second Mile kids is not typical practice of the charity. On cross examination, Amendola wanted to know specifics about time frames and whereabouts in regards to Accuser #4 when he says he was with Sandusky. Amendola questioned repeatedly why Accuser #4 never went to police to report his alleged abused more than fifty times by Sandusky.
Accuser #4 stated forcibly, "I didn't want to think that it was happening, I thought I was the only person, I feel like if I said something before this wouldn't have happened, I feel like I was responsible for all the other kids."
Sandusky's child abuse trial is expected to last three weeks. He's accused of sexually abusing ten boys, now men, over a 15-year period. Prosecutors say the most recent abuse happened in 2008.