Sandusky jurors rehear testimony in child sex abuse case

Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:00pm EDT

1 of 2. Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for the ninth day of his child sex abuse trial in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania June 22, 2012.

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By Ian Simpson

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Jurors in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky reheard testimony from two witnesses on Friday, their second day of deliberations over the fate of the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Acting on a request the jury made late Thursday, Judge John Cleland allowed the seven women and five men to hear a transcript reading of the testimony of Mike McQueary, an assistant coach who said he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in the Penn State football house showers in 2001.

In addition, a court employee read the transcript of testimony by Jonathan Dranov, a McQueary family friend who heard McQueary's version of events shortly after the incident. Dranov had testified McQueary was shaken when he spoke with him but that he never reporting seeing a sexual act.

Sandusky, 68, is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period in a case that stunned the university, renewed attention on the issue of child sexual abuse in the United States and led to the firing of Penn State President Graham Spanier and legendary head football coach Joe Paterno.

McQueary - then a graduate assistant, later an assistant coach and now on leave from the university - became a central figure in the case because his account ultimately led to the scandal that brought down Paterno, the coach who built Penn State into a college football powerhouse over half a century.

Paterno died of cancer in January, two months after being fired by the university for failing to act more forcefully upon hearing McQueary's story of what he saw.

After resuming deliberations, the jury came back to the court to ask the judge about rules of evidence regarding a Penn State janitor's testimony about Victim 8, one of two purported victims never to have been identified nor appear in court.

The judge said jurors must be satisfied there was other evidence of abuse beyond the janitor's statements.

The jury was sequestered before an explosive new accusation surfaced on Thursday after the testimony concluded.

Sandusky's adopted son Matt, 33, is now accusing Sandusky of having abused him despite previously denying he was molested. Matt Sandusky was adopted by the family after living with them as a foster child.

"Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse," his lawyer, Andrew Shubin, said in a statement to the media co-signed by lawyer Justine Andronici. "This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt."

Jurors never heard from Matt Sandusky. Details of his accusations - times, places and dates - have not been disclosed.

But eight accusers, now aged 18 to 28, did testify for the prosecution last week. They described in often graphic detail about meeting Sandusky as boys through his charity, the Second Mile, and then being abused by groping, shared showers, and oral and anal sex.

Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola said in closing arguments that Sandusky - famed as the defensive mastermind at a program nicknamed Linebacker U - had been ruined by false allegations made by accusers hoping for a big payday in civil lawsuits.

He said those accusing his client had been coached by investigators and pressured by overzealous prosecutors.

After several hours of deliberations on Thursday, jurors said they wanted to rehear the testimony of McQueary and Dranov.

The morning after the 2001 shower incident, McQueary said, he telephoned Paterno and then went to Paterno's home to explain what he had witnessed - that he first heard sounds of rhythmic slapping coming from the showers, then peered in to see Sandusky hugging a prepubescent boy from behind.

About 10 days later, McQueary was called to a meeting with university officials and recounted what he had seen, but the incident went unreported to any law enforcement or child protective agency. The university's action was to ban Sandusky from bringing minors on campus.

Prosecutors allege Sandusky met at least three of his victims after the shower incident.

(Editing by Daniel Trotta and Jim Loney)

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Comments (5)
SteveMD2 wrote:
Is this guy catholic?

The church, according to SNAP (survivors network of those abused by priests , has raped about 100,000 kids in the USA alone. This is all courtesy of their not normal, sex starved priests, who are even forbidden to masterbate. ULtimately the natural desire rears its head in strange ways.

And the utter crime is how the hierarchy hid these vile crimes for decades if not centuries. Right now a bishop in Phila is finally in the dock on trial for the hiding of the attacks on kids. He should be tossed into a dungeon if found guilty.

Some may ask = why mostly boys (81%) Answer – until quite recently, there were no altar girls.

If I stll sent my kids to church, I be there with them and a baseball bat the whole time just in case. A friend of mine – his kid committed suicide due to the problem. Way to go church – protecting life?

Jun 22, 2012 10:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bytor wrote:
I have a sick feeling this monster will be set free

Jun 22, 2012 12:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Glad when it is over for these boys/men and there families

Jun 22, 2012 3:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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