On day two of his child sexual assault trial former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky listened to testimony from former Penn State coach Mike McQueary and an alleged victim, identified as Victim #1. The now 18-year-old’s accusations are credited with triggering the criminal investigation. Sandusky faces 52 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.
On the stand Tuesday morning alleged Victim #1 sobbed as he recounted the nights he spent at Sandusky’s home. He told jurors, beginning at 11 years old, he slept-over more than 100 times and through tears said the physical contact began with forehead kisses goodnight. Those kisses then escalated to kisses on the cheek and backrubs. He told jurors those actions ultimately led to oral sex.
"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."
Before day two of the trial came to an end, in what some have called a surprise move, former Penn State Coach Mike McQueary took the stand. McQueary told jurors in 2001, as a grad assistant, he saw Sandusky in the shower of the Lasch Football Building with a boy who looked to be 10 to 12 years old.
"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,” testified McQueary.
After making a commotion, in an attempt to stop the alleged abuse, McQueary said he went to his office. He told jurors he wasn’t thinking 100 percent right and that he was used to pressure situations, but what he saw was more than he could handle. McQueary said he called his father who told him to call former Penn State Head Coach the late Joe Paterno. He says the next day he did just that.
McQueary said he told Penn State officials, including former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz who was in charge of campus police. When defense attorneys asked why he chose not to tell police, McQueary said he thought Schultz was the equivalent of a District Attorney at Penn State.
Victim #5 is expected to testify Wednesday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times