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Sandusky Trial: 5 of 8 Alleged Victims Have Testified; Prosecution Expected to Wrap up Friday

by on June 13, 2012 10:42 AM

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains graphic content)

Updated final time at 4:17 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — Five of the eight alleged victims expected to testify have taken the stand so far.

Judge John Cleland said based on the current pace of trial, the prosecution will finish presenting its case by Friday.

In the final hour of testimony Wednesday, a Penn State janitor testified that a former colleague said he saw Jerry Sandusky assault a boy in the Lasch Football Building shower one night in 2000.

After wading through legal precedent to decide whether the testimony of two Penn State janitors would even be allowed, one janitor took the stand who said he is still employed by Penn State.

In the fall of 2000, Ronald Petrosky was cleaning in the Lasch Building locker room when he saw two pairs of legs in a shower that was on. One pair of legs were hairy and large, like a man's, he said, and the other pair were little, like a boy's.

Later, he saw Sandusky and a small boy exit the locker room. Both had wet hair and were carrying gym bags.

"I said, 'Good evening, coach.' They exited the double doors and walked down the long hallway... about three quarters of the way down Jerry took the boy's hand," Petrosky said.

He walked back into the locker room and saw Jim Calhoun, a part-time janitor and veteran. Calhoun was "white as a ghost" and shaking.

Petrosky said Calhoun than told him what he had just seen. He said it was worse than anything he had witnessed in war.

"I just witnessed something I'll never forget the rest of my life. That man who just left, he had a boy against the shower wall, licking against his privates," Calhoun said.

Calhoun suffers from dementia and is unable to testify. He never made an official report.

Petrosky said a few other janitorial staff were alerted. They decided it would be best for Calhoun to tell his supervisor, Jay Witherite.

Witherite is expected to testify Thursday.

Judge John Cleland recessed for the day around 4 p.m.

"Well, it's another day," Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola said as he loaded boxes of documents into his black BMW SUV vehicle.

Court resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Centre County Courthouse.

Sandusky faces 52 counts in a child sexual abuse case. He is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence.

Updated at 3:15 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — Alleged Victim 5 testified against Jerry Sandusky Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of alleged victims who have told their stories of abuse to the court to five.

His voice breaking as tears fell, Victim 5 recounted the only encounter he had in the Lasch Football Building locker room with Sandusky.

After working out, the two went into the sauna. Victim 5 said he kept his towel on.
 
“It was really hot, and (Sandusky) parted his towel and sat back on his towel and exposed himself to me,” Victim 5 said. “It made me uncomfortable.”
 
Then, they went into the shower.
 
“I went to the far end of the shower and I stood underneath the shower and I tried to face the wall as much as I could. I kept looking over my shoulder and I kept seeing that he was standing a few feet away from me,” Victim 5 said.
 
“It was uncomfortable, I felt like he was looking at me.”
 
Victim 5 said he noticed over his shoulder that Sandusky’s penis was enlarged – he was too young at the time to understand it was erect.
 
“He started coming in my direction and threw some soap at me and started lathering my shoulders,” Victim 5 said. “I crept forward a little bit more and I felt his body on my back.”
 
“I kept lurching forward but I didn’t have anywhere to go,” he said.
 
Victim 5 said the scene unfolded like this: He felt Sandusky’s penis on his back, then his arm moved forward. Sandusky touched the boy’s privates, then took the boy’s hand, which Sandusky placed on his own penis.
 
“I didn’t know how long it was, I just ran around the corner to get away,” Victim 5 said.
 
“I remember just drying off… he was upset with me.” Victim 5 said he and Sandusky made no eye contact.
 
Sandusky drove him home and Victim 5 said he never went back in a locker room or even to a football game again.
 
“I wanted to forget and I was embarrassed,” Victim 5 said when prosecutor Joseph McGettigan asked why he never told anyone about his abuse until only a few years ago.
 
Prosecutors played back a few minutes’ worth of the “Rock Center with Brian Williams” interview Sandusky and his laywer, Joe Amendola did with NBC’s Bob Costas in fall 2011.
 
A few of the questions were repeated to emphasize the pauses Sandusky took before answering.
 
Sandusky rocked back in his chair, touched his ear and put his hand under his chin during playback, but offered no visible reaction.

Tom Kline, counsel for Victim 5, likened Sandusky's interview with Costas to the 40-year-old Richard Nixon Watergate tapes.

"We heard from Mr. Sandusky today. We were told were would hear from Mr. Sandusky on the stand," Kline said. 

"Whether we do remains to be seen."

Updated at 12:50 p.m.

BELLEFONTE – Alleged Victim 7 testified only after counseling and time was he able to "open up that door" and recall the full extent of the abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.

During cross-examination Wednesday morning, Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola questioned Victim 7 on his story because his testimony during trial was different – and more graphic – than his testimony before the grand jury.

According to the grand jury presentment, Victim 7 said Sandusky never actually touched his private parts. On Wednesday, Victim 7 said it took him a long time to recall what really happened to him more than a decade ago because it was something he tried to suppress in his mind. There was no one he felt comfortable telling.

As a child, Victim 7 loved going to football games. The tickets came from Sandusky, who he started to see more frequently.

Physical contact with Sandusky started when Sandusky placed his hand of the leg of Victim 7, who said it made him so uncomfortable that he would move all the way to the other side of the seat, so that he was practically sitting on the edge.

Victim 7 described himself as "very scrawny, very lean" as a child and that Sandusky was at least three to four times his size. Still, physical contact escalated.

"If his hands went up my shorts, they'd go toward my groin area," Victim 7 said.

Once while he was wearing pants and a belt, Victim 7 said Sandusky's hands went over the belt and touched his penis. Victim 7 said while he may have cried out, he did not want to anger Sandusky.

Victim 7 said other times, Sandusky would come up behind him in bed and wrap himself around the boy. Victim 7 said he would retaliate by telling Sandusky he was "trying to read," and asking Sandusky to leave.

Typically, Victim 7 said, Sandusky would leave the room.

Alleged Victim 7 was also taken to locker room showers by Sandusky, as were Victim 7 said Sandusky would try to shampoo him and wash his back and shoulders, which made him so uncomfortable that he would try to move down to another shower.

"He tried to dry me off and I said no, I can dry myself," Victim 7 said.

Other physical contact Victim 7 described included bear hugs and touching of his nipples. Victim 7 said Sandusky would lift up his shirt to blow and kiss on his stomach.

Amendola asked Victim 7 if he knows or has recently had contact with any of the other alleged victims. Victim 7 named the men he knows, but maintained that he has not talked to them in detail about his history or theirs with Sandusky.

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan asked Victim 7 what word he would use to describe his feelings toward Sandusky.

"I guess ... disappointed," Victim 7 said.

"I wasn't mad at him or feel hostile until fairly recently," he said.

Four alleged victims have testified in the first three days.

Court recessed Wednesday until 1:45 p.m., longer than usual because of some technical glitches.

Earlier, at 10:42 a.m.

BELLEFONTE – Alleged Victim 10 said Wednesday that Jerry Sandusky forced oral sex on him then threatened him.

Sandusky and Victim 10, then a boy and the third alleged victim to testify so far, were wrestling in Sandusky's basement when Sandusky pinned him to the ground, pulled down his shorts and performed oral sex on him.

Victim 10 said in that moment, he "freaked out," and didn't tell anyone.

"He had apologized, saying that he didn't mean it and that he loved me," Victim 10 said.

The third alleged victim was called to testify on the third day of the Sandusky trial. His testimony was shorter than Victims 1 and 4 and followed a 30-minute testimony from John McQueary, which was abruptly cut off.

One episode in the basement wouldn't be the only time he suffered abuse at the hands of Sandusky, according to Victim 10's testimony.

Taller and built more stocky than Victims 1 and 4, Victim 10 spoke softly and addressed the attorneys who questioned him as "sir."

Victim 10 said he had no relationship with his biological father and was moved into foster care when the relationship between his mother and stepfather took a turn for the worse.

Victim 10 called police to report his abuse after Sandusky was arrested in November and the allegations against Sandusky came to light.

The first year he met Sandusky at The Second Mile sleep-away camp on Penn State's campus, Victim 10 said he never came in physical contact with Sandusky. However, as his contact with Sandusky became more frequent, sexual abuse permeated his life.

It started at the pool.

"He swam under my legs, put his hand up my shorts and grabbed a hold of my genitals," Victim 10 said. "I didn't tell him to stop, I was just trying to get off of his shoulders."

Ashamed and embarrassed, Victim 10 said he never told his foster mother about his abuse.

Sandusky would put his hand on the boy's leg while they drove in the car – something Victims 1 and 4 said they were also exposed to on a regular basis.

Victim 10 said he was forced to give and receive oral sex from Sandusky several times, though he could not give an exact number.

During cross-examination, Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola asked Victim 10 about his roommates during camp at The Second Mile.

Victim 10 said he could not remember his roommate the first year, but when he identified the second roommate, Amendola asked him if he was aware that roommate is another alleged victim – or accuser.

Alleged Victim 10 said he was aware, but only recently. He has not had contact with that roommate in years, he said.

Amendola asked Victim 10 about previous arrests, to which he admitted having served 23 months in a state prison in connection with a robbery.

The foster mother of Victim 10 also testified Wednesday morning. She said her foster son never told her about his alleged abuse, but she noticed a change in his attitude.

"At one point, Mr. Sandusky called and (Victim 10) said he didn't want to go," she said.

Meanwhile, John McQueary's testimony ended abruptly after he could not recall having testified preliminary hearing of two Penn State administrators.

McQueary appeared confused and gave no expression that he understood what was being said to him.

Counsel for Sandusky, Karl Rominger, showed McQueary the transcript, but McQueary maintained he was never there, even after attorneys fed him the date and place. He asked where Dauphin County was, but said he could not recall being in Harrisburg.

While his testimony lasted, McQueary said a few months after his son, Mike, who testified Tuesday, told his father what he saw in the Lasch Football Building shower on a Friday in February 2001, John McQueary sat down with Gary Schultz for an unrelated business meeting.

Schultz, a former vice president at the university, told John McQueary he "had heard noise" about Sandusky's behavior with boys before.

McQueary did not indicate that Schultz gave any further explanation.

Regarding what Mike told him, McQueary told a story that mirrored Mike's testimony, but with less details as he was a third party to the incident.

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Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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