The third of Jerry Sandusky's accusers to testify at his child sexual abuse trial Thursday said the former Penn State assistant football coach raped him and forced him to perform oral sex over a period of 3-4 years.
The 18-year-old man referred to by prosecutors as Victim 9 was the eighth accuser to take the stand in the case. Authorities say they don't know the identities of two other alleged victims.
He said he was 12 or 13 years old when he met Sandusky and the abuse started shortly later when he first stayed overnight at Sandusky's home in 2005. He estimated he slept at Sandusky's home 50-100 times; the last time in 2008.
He told the jury Sandusky kissed him on all of those occasions and sometimes made him engage in oral sex. State prosecutor Joe McGettigan asked him why he participated in the forced oral sex.
“What was I gonna do? Look at him, he's a big guy,” he said. “He was bigger than me at the time, way bigger than me.”
He said he was between the ages of 13 and 15 when Sandusky raped him for the first of several times. He said his mother kept encouraging him to spend time with Sandusky, even after he told her Sandusky was a “touchy-feely guy.”
McGettigan asked him why he didn't tell her what was going on.
“How you suppose to tell your mom something like that?” he replied.
McGettigan later asked him why he didn't tell anyone for so many years.
“Who would believe you? I mean, he was an important guy, everybody knew him. He was a football coach. Who would believe kids?” he answered.
The accuser graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago. He has a slender build and is of average height. At the time the alleged abuse took place, he said he was between 50-60 pounds.
He said Sandusky “told me he loved me and wished the best for me” and described that as “creepy.”
He told jurors that when Sandusky tried to “get physical” with him one night, he decided he “had enough.” He said he called his mother and that was the last time he slept over at the coach's home.
He said he has not retained a civil attorney. When McGettigan asked him about it, he said, “You're my lawyer.”
McGettigan jokingly asked, “Are you gonna pay me?”
“I'll try,” he said with a chuckle.
McGettigan then asked the accuser to point out
the person who did such things to him. He at Sandusky. McGettigan asked
him to look at him.
“I don't want to look at him,” he said.
Under cross-examination, defense attorney Joe Amendola asked the accuser if he ever sought medical attention for an alleged assault.
“I just dealt with it,” he said. “I have a different way of coping
He also maintained that he never told anyone what has happening, but said he did scream for help
once while Sandusky's wife, Dottie, was upstairs.
“I think the basement is
soundproof,” he said.
He also said that Sandusky called him last spring and asked him to “stick up for him” if anybody started asking him questions.
The accuser was the prosecution's final witness, but the state did not officially
rest its case and may present additional exhibits. Judge John Cleland told jurors there would be no court Friday and to return Monday.