Jerry Sandusky Jury Braces to Hear From Two More Victims
(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Two men in their twenties, who claim that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested them as young boys, are expected to give even more graphic testimony on Wednesday in the sex abuse trial that has left some jurors wiping tears from their eyes.
The men have been identified in a grand jury report as Victim 5 and Victim 7. They would be the third and fourth alleged victims out of eight who are scheduled to testify against Sandusky, who is charged with 52 counts of sex abuse stemming from 10 alleged victims. Sandusky, 68, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the charges.
The third day of the trial will build on the testimony of Victims 1 and 4, who both gave chilling accounts of being forced to have sexual contact with Sandusky, bringing some of the seven women and five men on the jury to tears.
Also expected to testify on Wednesday is John McQueary, the father of star witness Mike McQueary, an assistant football coach who on Tuesday told the jury that he was confident that in 2001, he walked into the football locker room showers and saw Sandusky raping a young boy. He told the court that he banged his locker door and looked directly at Sandusky, then left and called his father.
John McQueary will be asked by prosecutor Joseph McGettigan and defense attorney Joseph Amendola about what Mike McQueary said he saw that night in the locker room. Mike McQueary testified that after calling his father he went to his father’s home and recounted at least three times, in “vague” terms, what had been going on in the showers.
“I even said, ‘Dad, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on,'” McQueary told the court on Tuesday.
Sandusky’s defense team tried to prove that McQueary changed his account of what he saw in the showers as he relayed it to different people, leading to a heated exchange between McQueary and defense attorney Karl Rominger.
The defense is also expected to go after the credibility and the accounts of the two accusers who may be called on Wednesday. Victim 5, a 22-year-old, testified to the grand jury about an incident in which Sandusky tried to force the boy when he was 8 or 9 to touch his erect penis in a sauna after a workout. And Victim 7, now 26, said Sandusky reached into his shorts, but didn’t fondle him, and recalled a “blurry memory” of contact with Sandusky in a shower in his grand jury testimony.
Amendola, who has said his strategy is to show that the alleged victims are lying about their accounts in order to make money off of a Penn State-affiliated coach, will likely question the men about the accuracy of their memories, the lack of sexual touching, and the reason they came forward to police when they did, more than 10 years after the incidents.
The defense has said that they may call Dottie Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s wife, as a witness during the defense’s presentation.
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