Sandusky Trial: Alleged Victim No. 4 Says Sandusky Gave Him Money for Pot, Cigarettes
Updated at 5:30 p.m.
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BELLEFONTE — In his final hour on the witness stand Monday, Alleged Victim 4 told the court Jerry Sandusky gave him money for pot, drove him to get it and watched him smoke it.
Then he bought him two packs of cigarettes when Alleged Victim 4 was still under 18 years old.
He said Sandusky told him, "Don't do that," while he was smoking pot, but didn't do anything more to stop him.
The defense pressed Alleged Victim 4 for details on any violence between him and Sandusky, to which Alleged Victim 4 said he once hit Sandusky with a bottle in an attempt to keep the former Penn State football coach's hands at bay while a friend of his sat in the backseat of Sandusky's car.
"I didn't want him to see. This was after Jerry had freaked out on us because we were at a concert longer than we should have [been]," Alleged Victim 4 said.
Alleged Victim 4 said normally, he and Sandusky wouldn't shower until the coaches locker room was vacant. Once, though, former longtime Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley stuck around and chatted with the two in the shower until Sandusky and Victim 4 left.
"I can't say for sure, but I think he was suspicious," he said.
Alleged Victim 4 wrapped his testimony trying to explain to the defense why it was so difficult to sever ties with Sandusky. He couldn't just run away, he said, because he had put so much energy into hiding what was really going on and didn't want anyone asking questions.
The trial went to recess for the day around 5 p.m. and will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Updated at 3:45 p.m.
BELLEFONTE — During cross-examination Monday afternoon, Alleged Victim 4 told the court why he finally agreed to admit he had been routinely sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky for years.
"I feel responsible for what happened to other victims," he said.
Alleged Victim 4 said he assumed he was the only one Sandusky had abused, and he wanted to move on and never tell anyone about his days enduring abuse. He even initially denied police the opportunity to speak with him.
"I was embarrassed," he said. He was picked on relentlessly at school for his friendship with Sandusky – other kids called him Sandusky's "butt buddy," and teased him, joking that he was being molested.
Meanwhile, Alleged Victim 4 hid what was really going on – he told the defense in high school, he'd do whatever he could to "save face." He wasn't trying to hold on to his relationship with Sandusky.
Later in high school, Alleged Victim 4 attempted to distance himself from Sandusky. He stopped answering the phone and refused to meet with him. When Sandusky showed up to his house, Alleged Victim 4 said he would take the phone and hide in the closet, waiting for Sandusky to leave.
Sandusky didn't give up so easily. The prosecution broadcast letters – the so-called "love letters" – from Sandusky to Alleged Victim 4.
Handwritten on a Penn State letterhead, Sandusky penned lines that attempted to tell the boy, now a 28-year-old man, how he felt about him.
"I know I have made some mistakes ..."
"Yes, I am a great pretender ... However, I can't pretend my feelings,"
"I write because of the churning in my own stomach when you don't care."
One letter was titled, "The BJ story," that told of a man named "Jer," who "didn't want those rides to end" with his young friend.
In October 1999, Sandusky presented Alleged Victim 4 with a contract he said was drafted by The Second Mile. It promised the boy money, among other incentives, in return for spending time with Sandusky.
The contract was part of an alleged mentor program, though Alleged Victim 4 said he was never aware of one.
Prosecutors showed photos of Alleged Victim 4 in his teens with Sandusky, other boys from The Second Mile, former Penn State football players and even wearing the uniform of former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington.
Sandusky looked from the prosecution to the witness during testimony and also at the photos broadcast on screen. At one point, he appeared to be writing something down, but that did not last.
When the defense cross-examined Alleged Victim 4, Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola asked him to find out whether he had a problem with adult male figures, which Alleged Victim 4 denied.
"Would you be surprised if people called you a liar?" Amendola said.
Alleged Victim 4 said he would be surprised.
Cross-examination is expected to wrap up by 5 p.m. Monday.
Updated at 2:15 p.m.
BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky’s wife asked her husband what he was doing in the hotel bathroom on a trip to Texas for the Alamo Bowl.
Seconds earlier, Sandusky was in the shower with Alleged Victim 4, threatening to send him home if Sandusky didn’t get what he wanted.
Alleged Victim 4 testified before the jury Monday afternoon that Sandusky tried to force him to perform oral sex on Sandusky in that shower – only one of several attempts where Victim 4 said he was sexually assaulted by Sandusky.
Abuse ranged from caresses and bear hugs in the locker room showers to two attempts at penetration – one digital and one anal – but fear kept him from speaking out, Alleged Victim 4 said.
Afraid of losing the gifts, trips and the envy of his classmates he otherwise had no access to, Victim 4 told no one what was happening to him – even when Jerry Sandusky’s son abruptly left a locker room shower when his father moved to start a “soap fight” with Alleged Victim 4.
Alleged Victim 4 testified that soon after he met the former Penn State assistant football coach at a camp hosted by The Second Mile on Penn State’s campus, Sandusky started calling Victim 4 to play sports, accompany him on family outings and even stand on the sideline during Penn State football games.
Almost instantly, there was physical contact. Alleged Victim 4 said he couldn’t stand Sandusky’s hand on his thigh during car rides. Even when he tried to ignore it or brush it off, Sandusky’s hand would land back on his leg. It was similar to how a couple might sit in a car, Alleged Victim 4 said, but he hated it.
After playing racquetball or some other activity on-campus, Sandusky would take Alleged Victim 4 to the showers, he said. Sandusky initiated mutual soaping, which turned into bear hugs, which escalated to “horseplay.”
“Horseplay” usually ended with Sandusky’s head between Alleged Victim 4’s legs, or vice versa. Alleged Victim 4 said Sandusky tried to put his erect penis in his mouth on several occasions and also kissed his thighs.
When they were in the coaches’ showers, Sandusky would quickly pull away whenever the lock on the outside door clicked, indicating someone else was coming in.
Incidents also occurred in the Lasch Building, Alleged Victim 4 said.
Alleged Victim 4 said while he endured the abuse, he never weighed more than 100 pounds and was not very tall, which made resistance futile.
Alleged Victim No. 4 has yet to complete his testimony.
Earlier at 11:55 a.m.
BELLEFONTE — When it was the defense's turn to make its opening statement, Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola said his client will testify that it was a normal part of his nature to shower with others.
Amendola painted the 'David v. Goliath' picture for the jury, indicating that his one client was up against the power of the government, with unlimited resources.
His task is not an easy one, Amendola said.
Sandusky grew up an only child, but his parents worked at center where he was exposed to foster children on a daily basis. Sandusky grew up knowing he wanted to help children, Amendola said, because he loves them so much.
"They played together, they showered together," he said.
Sandusky and his wife, Dottie adopted six children and he later opened The Second Mile as a way to do more than just have a limited amount of children in a single foster home.
Amendola said evidence will show each of the young men who testify against Sandusky "had financial incentive," and that the men maintained relationships with Jerry and Dottie Sandusky for years after the alleged abuse occurred. Their stories, he said, grew out of one incident that was built upon.
Alleged victim No. 4 is expected to testify after recess ends at 12:45 p.m.
Updated at 11:20 a.m.
BELLEFONTE — Shortly after the trial began Monday at 9:10 a.m., Jerry Sandusky was portrayed as a controlling man who preyed on boys and persuaded them to have sexual contact, Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said in his opening statement.
McGettigan showed the 12-person seated jury photos of eight of the alleged victims and reminded the jury of the charges against Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator.
McGettigan later called Sanduky a "serial predator," who preyed on boys who never knew or lacked a father figure. Sandusky filled that void, McGettigan said.
McGettigan promised that the testimony of former Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary would be heard in court, as well as that of Dottie Sandusky, who the prosecution says witnessed an assault by her husband during a Penn State bowl trip.
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