A third young man swore in court this morning that he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky when he was a boy, his words adding to the growing pile of testimony against the former Penn State coach.
The 25-year-old man, described in court documents as "Victim 10," said he met Sandusky through the coach's Second Mile Charity, and later was invited to his home. He recalled being in the basement recreation area in 1998, when he was about 11:
"We were wrestling. The defendant pinned me to the ground, pulled my shorts down and began performing oral sex on me. I freaked out."
Sandusky stopped the sex after a few minutes and went upstairs, but later "told me that if I told anybody, I'd never see my family again."
Later, Sandusky apologized for saying that, and said "that he loved me," the witness testified.
The man described a troubled home life at the time, his father absent, and said he never told anyone about the abuse because he was frightened and embarrassed. He testified to having had trouble with drugs and alcohol, and to a criminal history -- 23 months in state prison for robbery, time in jail for theft before that. Now he's doing better, married and expecting a baby, he said.
On cross examination, defense attorney Joseph Amendola asked what other contact might have occurred. While driving, the man said, Sandusky put his hand on his thigh. Other contact occurred too.
"Did you tell anybody up until you contacted the police in this situation that that happened?" Amendola said.
No, the witness said.
Another time, the man said under Amendola's questioning, Sandusky performed oral sex on him, in the basement, and the man reciprocated.
The man, who contacted authorities after Sandusky's initial arrest, spoke quietly and sadly on the stand. He conceded he went to the Second Mile camp in 1999, even after the abuse had begun.
The witness struggled to recall the dates and timing of events, but said Sandusky regularly took him to football games, basketball games, cookouts and Second Mile events. He couldn't remember the names of other children who were often present.
"I can't recall. I can't recall," he said several times in response to questions.
Earlier this morning, the father of former Penn State assistant football coach Michael McQueary testified that his son, distraught and struggling to speak, phoned him from the campus in 2001 to say he had seen Jerry
Sandusky in the locker room showers with a young boy -- an incident that has come to symbolize the case.
The testimony from John McQueary largely corroborated what his son said on the witness stand on Tuesday.
"I assumed he was hurt," the elder McQueary said, recalling the phone call. "I asked, 'What's the matter?' In a very shaky voice, he said, 'I just saw something, I saw a coach downstairs in a shower.' I could tell he was very upset and concerned and distraught about whatever he saw. 'I saw coach Sandusky in the shower with a young boy.'"
He told his son to leave the Lash Building immediately, to come to his house and explain further. When the younger man arrived, the father said, he asked exactly what he had seen in the locker room.
"He said it didn't take a rocket scientist, or something like that, to see what was going on. ... "
McQueary paused, asking the prosecutor if he could use specific but uncomfortable language to describe the conversation, then went on:
"I asked him if he'd seen anal sex? Did you see anything you could verify? Penetration? I might have used the word sodomy. He said, 'No, I did not actually see that.'"
A family friend came over to join the discussion. They decided "it was imperative to report this to the authorities at Penn State. ... Coach Paterno, Joe Paterno. ... I said you've got to do this right away, Mike, it can't wait."
The younger man testified on Tuesday that he called Paterno about 7:15 a.m. the next day, then went to his house and told him what he had seen.
Without question, the father said today, his son believed he had witnessed a sexual act.
The elder McQueary, ruddy and barrel-chested, spoke during the third day of testimony in the trial of Sandusky, charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year period. Earlier this morning Sandusky smiled as he chatted with members of the defense team before the trial resumed, but looked tired after two days of brutal testimony from two young men who swore he victimized them as boys.
A 22-year-old man who says Jerry Sandusky cornered him in a shower as a boy and forced him to touch his aroused genitals also is expected to take the stand today.
The younger McQueary's account has drawn intense scrutiny since Sandusky's arrest last year on 52 counts of child sex abuse, in part because it prompted the firing of beloved head football coach Joe Paterno and forced the resignation of university President Graham B. Spanier last year.
Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a vice president in charge of the university's police force, were both charged with failing to report the abuse and with later lying to grand jurors about what McQueary told them. Both have denied the charges.
Late Tuesday, Schultz's attorney Tom Farrell said prosecutors had mischaracterized a file his client kept on the Sandusky accusations.
In a motion filed in a Dauphin County court, prosecutors in Schultz's case said the former vice president had withheld e-mails in a "secret file" that directly contradicted his earlier grand jury testimony.
But Farrell nothing about the documents was secret. Schultz left them with the university when he retired shortly after his arrest and the university only recently turned them over to prosecutors, Farrell said.
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