Sandusky Trial: Wednesday Update
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A 25-year-old man testified Wednesday that as a boy, he was abused by Jerry Sandusky and that Sandusky threatened him and then later apologized, telling the child that he loved him and that he didn’t mean the threat.
Wednesday marked the third day of testimony in the high-profile child rape case against Penn State’s former defensive coordinator. The witness was one of 10 boys, prosecutors say, who were sexually abused over a span of 15 years by the former coach.
“He told me that if I told anybody, that I would never see my family again,” said the man identified as “Alleged Victim No. 10.”
He testified to at least five different occasions of sexual abuse by the school’s longtime assistant football coach.
Sandusky, who seemed expressionless during Wednesday’s proceeding, has pleaded not guilty to 52 criminal counts and denied his interactions with the children were sexual. The trial is expected to continue for about three weeks, though court observers say the proceeding has moved at a rapid pace.
John McQueary, the father of a then-graduate assistant who testified to witnessing one of Sandusky’s assaults, also took the stand Wednesday morning.
“I knew there was something wrong,” the elder McQueary said, describing a phone conversation with his son following the alleged incident.
“I said, ‘What’s the matter?,’ ” McQueary recalled. His son, Mike, then told him: “Coach Sandusky in the shower with a young boy,” he testified.
The elder McQueary also testified Wednesday that he met with Gary Schultz, the former Penn State vice president who oversaw campus police, to follow up on what his son had told authorities.
“I made Mr. Schultz aware that I knew of this incident, and understood that Mike had met with him, and he had told Coach (Joe) Paterno,” he said. “Mr. Schultz said that he had heard noise about this before, earlier than Mike’s report.”
Prosecutors claim Schultz held a secret file that detailed alleged incidents pertinent to the Sandusky investigation, which was initially not made available to the grand jury investigation.
Schultz and Tim Curley, Penn State’s former athletic director, have pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury and failing to report an alleged sexual assault of a child.
The file allegedly shows inconsistencies with what Schultz and Curley told a grand jury, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
They say e-mails from Schultz, Curley and others further contradict their testimony, though CNN did not independently confirm that account.
The university responded Tuesday saying that it had received “several subpoenas and gathered documents from many sources across the institution.”
“As soon as any relevant documents were discovered, the university immediately provided them to the office of the attorney general and the Freeh Group,” it said, referencing an independent investigation.
In opening statements, defense lawyer Joe Amendola suggested his client would take the stand and say he routinely “got showers with kids” after working out.
The former coach has always maintained his innocence, Amendola said, claiming his client’s alleged victims had changed their stories and were questioned until authorities received the answers they wanted.
“A lot of people lied,” Amendola said. Some of the alleged victims have civil attorneys, he noted, calling that unusual. Others, he said, have a financial interest in the case.
“One of the keys to this case, one of the keys to your perception … is to wait until all the evidence is in,” Amendola told jurors. “Some of it will be graphic. … It’s going to be awful. But that doesn’t make it true.”
A man identified as “Alleged Victim No. 7” also testified to being sexually assaulted by Sandusky Wednesday, telling jurors that he often attended college football games with Sandusky after joining his Second Mile camp.
A jury of five men and seven women, along with four alternates, was selected last week. Half of the 16 jurors and alternates have ties to Penn State, including one retired professor and one current professor, three graduates, two employees and one current student, showing the prominence of the university in the local community.
The case has raised questions about Penn State’s response to the allegations and the way it handled protecting potential child victims.
CNN’s Susan Candiotti, Dana Garrett and InSession’s Michael Christian contributed to this report.