Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Last of eight accusers testifies at Sandusky sex-abuse trial

LOS ANGELES — The last of eight accusers who say they were sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified Thursday as the prosecution case moved toward completion.

The testimony ended four days of often graphic descriptions of how Sandusky gave the boys gifts and attention, then demanded inappropriate touching and, in some cases, sex. After the 18-year-old man completed his testimony, Judge John Cleland said the trial would resume Monday. The prosecution is expected to rest next week, and the defense will present its case.

The last of the accusers, identified as Victim 9 in court papers, testified that he spent more than 100 nights in Sandusky's home and that he was forced into sex acts in the basement and elsewhere from July 2005 to December 2008. At the time, he said, he was between 12 and 15 years old.

Victim 9's story was among the most graphic as prosecutors sought to leave the jury of seven women and five men with the strongest impression. The witness said Sandusky would visit him in the waterbed in the downstairs bedroom and rub him all over. From touching, contacts escalated to include sex acts, including one that made him bleed.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Sandusky admits showering with boys but denies molesting them.

The trial has moved at a rapid pace. The prosecution presented its catalog of witnesses in just four days. Eight of 10 alleged victims testified this week; the identity of the other two have not been ascertained. Adults testified about those two cases.

All of the accusers recounted events from when they were children. They told of meeting Sandusky at facilities connected to The Second Mile, a charity he started for at-risk children. Sandusky would give them sports-related presents and spend time with them, they testified. At some point, the relationship would turn physical and inappropriate.

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