Lowlights from Day 3 of Sandusky trial

Posted: June 15, 2012

They came so fast and furious on Wednesday — the cringe-inducing allegations of years of child sex abuse by former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky lodged by a parade of witnesses — that even a veteran Philadelphia attorney was stunned.

"It's just remarkable how many children one man can shower with," lawyer Tom Kline, who represents one of the witnesses, said to reporters outside the Bellefonte, Pa., courtroom.

Kline's comments came after jurors heard from three more witnesses who claim that Sandusky sexually abused them when they were troubled adolescents, as well as corroboration of two separate incidents when Penn State staffers stumbled onto the ex-defenseive coordinator assaulting boys in a campus shower.

The panel also saw the clip of Sandusky's famous interview last fall with NBC's Bob Costas, in which he hesitated when asked if he was sexually attracted to young boys.

And prosecutors are barely halfway through with presenting their case against the former top assistant to late football legend Joe Paterno, in the scandal that has roiled the Happy Valley campus and led to allegations of a criminal cover-up involving top university officials. They hope to wrap up their case by Friday.

An expressionless Sandusky sat mostly still at the defense table during testimony, occasionally turning his head to look the accuser in the eye.

Here are some of the lowlights from Wednesday's court action:

A former foster child — now 25 years old and identified as Victim 10 — testified he was threatened against telling anyone what happened between him and Sandusky.

"He told me that if I ever told anyone that I'd never see my family again," said the former foster child, who alleged that Sandusky uttered the threat after the coach pinned him while wrestling in the basement of the Sandusky home and performed oral sex on him.

Another witness said he stayed quiet because he didn't want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town — Penn State football.

Identified as Victim 7, the witness said he was 10 when he met Sandusky through the Second Mile charity in 1995. Now 27, he said Sandusky showered with him repeatedly, embraced him during sleepovers, and was "wrapping himself around me, holding me tightly" when he slept over at the Sandusky's house.

Jurors were allowed to hear hearsay evidence about alleged abuse of a youth known as Victim 8 but whom prosecutors have never been able to identify. Judge John Cleland ruled that a co-worker of Penn State janitor Jim Calhoun could testify about what Calhoun — now suffering from dementia — told him in November 2000.

Co-worker Ron "Buck" Petrosky said that when he encountered Calhoun in a football-team locker room, the janitor told him he had seen Sandusky — he didn't realize it was a famous coach — making a boy perform oral sex on him. Petrosky said that Calhoun's face was white and his hands were trembling.

"He said, ‘Buck, I just witnessed something in there I'll never forget the rest of my life ... that man that just left, he had the boy up against the shower wall, licking on [him]," Petrosky testified. n

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