Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky continues to deny that he sexually abused several children over the years, despite the mounting evidence.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Three more accusers took the stand at Jerry Sandusky’s sex-abuse trial Thursday, one of whom said the former Penn State assistant football coach called himself the “tickle monster” before embracing him in a shower and another who said he was forced into sex acts during more than a hundred nights he spent in the ex-coach’s home.
A state investigator also testified that authorities heard about a key witness, assistant coach Mike McQueary, through an anonymous email to Centre County prosecutors. The investigator, Anthony Sassano, said authorities identified some of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged abuse victims through pictures and lists seized from his home and office and that the university was “not very quick” in getting investigators information as part of the probe.
A third alleged victim who testified Thursday said he loved Sandusky and that he viewed him as a father figure, but that he became angry with Sandusky because he never reached out to him after the witness moved away.
The three alleged victims who testified Thursday brought to eight the number of accusers to take the stand over the trial’s first four days.
Jurors also heard about two other alleged victims who have not been located by investigators.
The ex-coach faces 52 criminal counts involving alleged assaults of 10 boys over a 15-year span.
He denies the charges, which brought disgrace to Penn State and led to the ouster of both the school’s president and Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky’s attorney questioned accusers Thursday about connections they had with other alleged victims. The defense has claimed that the accusers have financial motives, but they’ve all denied that.
After testimony ended Thursday, Judge John Cleland said court would resume on Monday.
“Between now and then, we’ve got three days of temptation. I can’t tell you — although I tried to express it a number of times — how important it is that you not talk, text, tweet, watch televisions, let anybody talk to you about it, share any information — particularly share any opinions about what you think may be going on in the case,” he told jurors. “It’s better to say absolutely nothing.”
Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan told The Associated Press that prosecutors had not yet rested in their case against Sandusky.
The last of the trial’s eight accusers was an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school. The teen said his mother summoned police to their home to talk to him after Sandusky’s arrest in November 2011.
The accuser said Thursday that he was 11 or 12 when he first met Sandusky in 2004. Sandusky took him to Penn State football games and gave him money and gifts, including a tennis racket and a running suit.