Saturday, June 23, 2018

Accusers: Sandusky employed threats and gifts

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — One, a foster child, said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn't want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town — Penn State football.

That was how two of Jerry Sandusky's accusers explained the former Penn State assistant coach's hold over them.

"He told me that if I ever told anyone that I'd never see my family again," the former foster child said Wednesday, the third day of testimony in Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial.

He said it terrified him when Sandusky uttered the threat after the coach pinned him while wrestling in the basement of the Sandusky home and performed oral sex on him.

A foster child placed with another family, he occasionally stayed in the Sanduskys' basement in State College in the late 1990s.

Speaking in a calm but sometimes hesitant voice, the 25-year-old man, identified as Victim 10, said Sandusky later apologized for the threat: "He told me he didn't mean it and that he loved me."

Sandusky, 68, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, accusations he has denied. His arrest last fall rocked Penn State and led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno for not taking stronger action against Sandusky after allegations emerged a decade ago.

Three of Sandusky's accusers testified Wednesday, bringing to five the number of them to take the stand.

Another boy, dubbed Victim 8, has never been located, and his identity is a mystery to prosecutors, but jurors heard about his alleged sexual abuse by Sandusky.

Judge John Cleland ruled that a co-worker of Penn State janitor Jim Calhoun could testify about what Calhoun told him in November 2000. Calhoun is now suffering from dementia.

The co-worker, Ron "Buck" Petrosky, said he encountered Calhoun in a football team locker room and 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.

Also Wednesday, another man, identified as Victim 5, said he met Sandusky at Second Mile Camp in 1999 and began attending Penn State games with Sandusky and others. In 2001, he said, Sandusky asked him to work out at a gym on campus and then groped him in the showers.

They had no contact since.

Another witness, Victim 7, said he was 10 when he met Sandusky through the charity in 1995. He said Sandusky showered with him repeatedly and embraced him during sleepovers.

The man, now 27, recalled attending Penn State football games with Sandusky's family and receiving free tickets from Sandusky as recently as 2009.

"I was kind of ashamed about it. I didn't want anybody to know," he said. "Probably most importantly, I didn't want my parents to keep me from going to games."

Comments
Wasserman Schultz: Two more South Florida facilities holding children separated from their families

Wasserman Schultz: Two more South Florida facilities holding children separated from their families

At least 10 newborns and toddlers taken away from their parents after crossing the the U.S.-Mexico border are being housed in so-called "tender-age shelters" near Miami, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Miami Herald on Saturday.The Florida...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Authorities looking for

Authorities looking for "inmate" who left Bilirakis event

Authorities are searching for a man who they say took off from a New Port Richey political event while under supervision of a treatment center.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office described Nicholas Moore, 23, as both an "inmate" and a "member" of the A...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Pam Bondi confronted by protesters outside Mr. Rogers movie

Pam Bondi confronted by protesters outside Mr. Rogers movie

A group of protesters accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outside the screening of the new documentary about Mr. Rogers at the Tampa Theatre on Friday night, questioning her about her recent actions on health care policy and her sta...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Four federal officials gain entry to South Florida immigration complex, but five other officials get denied

Four federal officials gain entry to South Florida immigration complex, but five other officials get denied

As four federal lawmakers from Florida walked into the Homestead shelter housing 1,179 migrant children, five Miami-Dade and state elected officials were denied access to the facility on Saturday.The five state and local Democrats who wanted to asses...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Toledo takes Champions lead; home star Stricker drops back

Esteban Toledo birdied four of the last six holes for a 6-under 66 and the second-round lead in the American Family Insurance Championship
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kershaw set for return amid shaky forecast at Citi Field

Kershaw set for return amid shaky forecast at Citi Field

Clayton Kershaw has been activated from the disabled list and is set to pitch despite a shaky forecast at Citi Field
Updated: 1 hour ago
Houlihan beats Simpson for USATF title in 1,500 meters

Houlihan beats Simpson for USATF title in 1,500 meters

Shelby Houlihan stormed past Jenny Simpson to win the women's 1,500 meters at the USATF national outdoor championships in Des Moines
Updated: 1 hour ago
Report: Officer left university job after case there dropped

Report: Officer left university job after case there dropped

A Pennsylvania police officer who fired the shots that killed a teenager fleeing a traffic stop left his previous job with a university police force after prosecutors dropped a case against three men he'd filed charges against
Updated: 1 hour ago
Ugly dogs return for annual Northern California contest

Ugly dogs return for annual Northern California contest

Dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues will flaunt their imperfections, as they compete to win the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area
Updated: 1 hour ago
BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following an early Friday morning derailment, a railroad official said Saturday
Updated: 1 hour ago