Today begins day three of the Jerry Sandusky trial. Yesterday provided some fireworks on the stand. Victim one testified about the alleged abuses he sustained as a pre-teen that before Mike McQueary took to the stand.
It was an emotional set of testimony yesterday with Victim one breaking down on the stand talking about the abuses he says he sustained by Sandusky. Just as intense, the young man described the type of fear and doubt people placed on him and his mother when reporting the alleged crimes. The victim testimony and McQueary's appearance on the stand could possibly be damning evidence against the 68-year-old Sandusky.
Jerry Sandusky entered the Centre County courthouse for day two of his child sex abuse trial on Tuesday. The day started with emotional testimony from Victim number one. The now 18-year-old boy fought back tears while describing his two years of abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach which included touching and oral sex.
Victim one told the jury the alleged abuse starting when he was just 11 or 12-years-old. He spent over 100 nights at the Sandusky house where he says "back cracking" and touching were the norm.
"I spaced,' said Victim #1. 'I didn't know what to do. With all the thoughts running through my head I just kind of blacked out and didn't want it to happen. I just froze."
The defense tried to point out inconsistencies in the testimony. The alleged victim's attorney said what his client did is nothing short of "torture."
"You saw today first-hand the pain the victim of sexual abuse undergoes," said Mike Boni, attorney for Victim one.
The afternoon brought more key witnesses for the prosecution. Then graduate assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified he saw Sandusky raping a 10 to 12-year-old boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001. McQueary walked in to the room to the sounds of sex, saying he saw the two from three separate angles.
"Sandusky was standing right up against the back of the young boy with his arms wrapped around (the boy`s) midsection in the closest proximity I think you can be," said McQueary during testimony.
McQueary claims he closed a locker loudly to break up the incident before leaving and calling his father. The next day, McQueary said he talked to coach Joe Paterno before later meeting with Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice-President Gary Schultz.
Also testifying yesterday was Joe Miller, a wrestling coach from Victim one's school, who says he saw Sandusky and the boy face-to-face lying on a wrestling mat at the school. He says, he didn't think anything of the incident because Sandusky was a "saint."
Testimony will continue today with Victim five expected to take the stand. In the grand jury presentment, Victim five says he had one sexual encounter with Jerry Sandusky in a shower where he was made to touch Sandusky's penis. He had no further contact with the embattled former football coach.
The trial is expected to last at least three weeks.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times