BY BIG JIM DONAHUE | BELLEFONTE, PA. | Wed Jun 13, 2012
The trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sex abuse begins its third day today, Wednesday June 13th 2012. Tuesday’s testimony was marked by compelling and graphically vivid evidence.
You could hear a pin drop in the courtroom when the teenage victim told jurors how Sandusky befriended him through the charity he founded and ran, the Second Mile. He broke down and cried as he recounted how Sandusky had performed oral sex on him from the time he was 10 or 11 years old. “I didn’t want it to happen” the-18 year-old witness said as he cowered and appeared to be hiding from Sandusky, not wanting to make eye contact.
Several jurors could be seen weeping from the jury box as well during the 18-year-old victim’s testimony.
Jerry Sandusky, 68, is charged with 52 counts of child sexual abuse. It is said to have occurred over a period of 15 years on at least 10 boys, maybe more.
He faces over 500 years behind bars if convicted on all counts.
In his testimony on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary indicated that on or around February 2001, he had seen Sandusky and an unidentified boy, age 10 or 12, in the shower of the Penn State locker room.
He also indicated that Sandusky was behind the boy and that both were completely naked.
He said he heard “skin on skin slapping sounds, yes. Sex.”
While cross examining McQueary, Joe Amendola and Karl Rominger, Sandusky’s defense attorneys, referred to differences in McQueary’s grand jury testimony and police reports in regards to the time and date of the alleged incident.
McQueary’s forthcoming whistleblower lawsuit against the university, as well as the 18 year old alleged victims’ retention of an attorney in this matter, were pointed out by Sandusky’s lawyers as proof positive that these charges were brought as an attempt at financial gain by the parties.
Centre County court Judge John Cleland said the trial should last through the end of the month.