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Former Assistant Coach Testifies Against Sandusky in Penn State Sex Abuse Trial

Taking the stand for the first time on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors that he saw Jerry Sandusky naked in a locker room shower engaging in explicit sex acts with a prepubescent boy about 10 years ago.

June 13, 2012 – Taking the stand for the first time on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors that he saw Jerry Sandusky naked in a locker room shower engaging in explicit sex acts with a prepubescent boy about 10 years ago. McQueary’s account differed little from his testimony given last December at a preliminary hearing, except that the shower encounter took place in 2001 instead of 2002. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts related to the alleged assault of at least 10 boys over a 15 year period.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/25/12: On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/22/12: This week, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons reportedly admitted to authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him as a child. Lawyers for Matt Sandusky, who is one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, issued a statement yesterday saying that the 33-year-old was prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution in his father’s high-profile sex abuse trial. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/19/12: Friends and ex-colleagues of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified yesterday on behalf of the defense in order to counter prosecution witnesses’ claims that he sexually abused boys in locker room showers. The testimony came at the beginning of the second week of a trial that has proceeded at a surprisingly brisk pace. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/15/12: The high-profile child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony from eight prosecution witnesses. The last witness’s testimony has been described as the most explicit of the trial to date, but also the most problematic because some of its details differed from those of earlier witnesses. Click here to learn more.

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McQueary told the jury that he was home in bed watching a movie when he decided to go to the Penn State football team building to do some work. When he walked into the support staff locker room to put away a pair of sneakers, he heard the noise.

“Very much skin-on-skin smacking sound,’’ he said. “I immediately became alert and was kind of embarrassed that I was walking in on something.’’

McQueary then turned and glanced over at a mirror that had a 45-degree angle and saw Sandusky standing behind a 10 to 12-year-old boy who was propped up against a wall. The victim’s hands were up on the wall, and Sandusky was behind the boy with his hands around his midsection, “the closest proximity that I think you can be in.’’

The witness then made an attempt to break up the indiscretion by putting his sneakers in his locker and slamming the door shut hard. He then stepped toward the opening of the shower and saw that Sandusky and the boy were separated and facing him directly.

“We looked directly in each other’s eyes and at that time I left the locker room,’’ McQueary said. “It was more than my brain could handle. I was making decisions on the fly. I picked up the phone and called my father to get advice from the person I trusted most in my life, because I just saw something ridiculous.’’

The next day, McQueary went to head coach Joe Paterno’s house and told him what he’d seen the night before, but did not describe the act explicitly, out of respect for the coach and his own embarrassment. McQueary said he attended a meeting the next week with Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, in which he relayed to the men what he witnessed. A week or two later, Curley reportedly called McQueary and told him they had looked into the situation.

McQueary’s testimony came after Victim 1 testified that a school district guidance counselor didn’t believe the abuse claims at first because he thought Sandusky had ‘a heart of gold.’ Victim 1 went on to tearfully recount repeated instances of abuse, which allegedly included kissing, fondling, and fellatio.

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