(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — The prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky trial finished presenting its witnesses Thursday with the most heart rending tale of sexual abuse leveled against the former Penn State football coach as a soft-spoken high school grad recalled screaming for help in Sandusky’s basement, but getting no response.
The courtroom was once again brought to tears as the 18-year-old known as Victim 9 said that for four years Sandusky would come downstairs to the basement, drop his pants, and rape him and force him to perform oral sex.
Victim 9 said he weighed less than 70 pounds at the time and was helpless when Sandusky allegedly came for him.
“There was no fighting against it,” he said. “Sometimes (I’d) scream, sometimes tell him to get off me, but other than that, who was there? We were in the basement, no one could hear you down there. We were always down there.”
When asked to point out his alleged assailant, Victim 9 pointed at Sandusky without looking at him.
“Can you look at him?” the prosecutor asked. “I don’t want to look at him,” the witness replied.
Victim 9 was the eighth and final alleged victim to testify about being molested in the case against Sandusky, who is charged with 52 counts of child sex abuse. If convicted of the charges, Sandusky, 68, could be sentenced to life in prison.
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