Monday, June 18, 2018
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At Jerry Sandusky's trial, witness says he saw former Penn State assistant coach engaging in anal sex

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A Penn State assistant coach testified Tuesday that he saw something in a campus locker room one night in 2001 that was "more than my brain could handle."

Jerry Sandusky was standing naked in the showers behind a boy, slowly moving his hips, Mike McQueary told the jury.

McQueary, a star witness in the child sexual abuse case against Sandusky, said he had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex. He testified that he slammed his locker shut loudly as if to say, "Someone's here! Break it up!"

Then, he said, he went upstairs to his office to try to make sense of what he had seen.

Sandusky, 68, is on trial on charges he molested 10 boys over a 15-year period. Authorities say he abused them in hotels, at his home and inside the football team's quarters. Sandusky, a former assistant coach and founder of an acclaimed youth charity, has denied the allegations.

Testifying on Day 2 of Sandusky's trial, McQueary said he went to the football team building one night to put away a pair of new sneakers. As he entered the locker room, he said, he heard a noise and "was kind of embarrassed that I was walking in on something."

He said he glanced over his shoulder at a mirror and saw Sandusky "standing behind a boy who was propped up against a wall." He estimated the boy to be 10 to 12 years old. He said he wasn't sure if Sandusky saw him. After slamming his locker to make noise, he left.

"It was more than my brain could handle," he said. "I picked up the phone and called my father to get advice from the person I trusted most in my life." He said he was very vague with his father, who told him to leave immediately.

McQueary said he went to Coach Joe Paterno's house the next morning and relayed what he had seen, but not explicitly out of respect for the coach and his own embarrassment.

He said Penn State administrator Tim Curley called him a week later, and McQueary met with him and another school official, Gary Schultz. A week or two later, he said, Curley called him to say they had looked into it.

McQueary, 37, has been on paid leave since the scandal erupted.

The identity of the boy who was said to have been in the showers is a mystery to prosecutors.

Earlier Tuesday, the teenager who triggered the grand jury investigation that rocked Penn State became the second alleged victim to take the stand.

Choking back tears, the 18-year-old said Sandusky kissed him, fondled him and engaged in oral sex with him during numerous sleepovers in the basement of Sandusky's home while the coach's wife was upstairs.

The teen, labeled Victim No. 1 by a grand jury, said he eventually confided in a school counselor that Sandusky was molesting him, only to be told by school officials: "He has a heart of gold, and he wouldn't do something like that."

School officials ultimately referred the case to the county's child-welfare agency, which found his account credible.

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