Week one of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial featured the prosecution calling witnesses and building its case against the former Penn State defensive coordinator. Sandusky faces 52 counts and is charged with abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He has maintained his innocence.
Here's a day-by-day recount of the key moments in the Sandusky trial:
Monday, June 11
◆ Both the prosecution and defense made their opening statements. The prosecution said it would paint a portrait of Sandusky that shows a "serial predator." Lead defender Joe Amendola urged jurors to "keep an open mind" throughout the trial.
◆ Alleged victim No. 4, now 28 years old, described two sides of Sandusky a man who gave him with gifts and took him to Penn State football games, but who also forced him to engage in oral sex "at least 40 times" and threatened to send him home from a Penn State bowl game if he refused. He also said Sandusky sent him "creepy love letters." The man testified that their relationship lasted several years, ending in 2002, and that he now feels responsible for other alleged victims because he hadn't come forward.
◆ Second Mile employee Marc McCann testified that the "contracts" Jerry Sandusky had with alleged victim No. 4 outlining rewards for doing well in school and athletics weren't part of a Second Mile program.
◆ The defense team filed three motions to include more evidence in the trial: One would allow a psychologist to testify that Sandusky is affected by a mental health disorder; a second would admit the entirety of Sandusky's autobiography into the record; the third would allow into the record statements Penn State administrators Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier made to the grand jury investigating the case.
Tuesday, June 12
◆ Alleged victim No. 1, now 18, testified that sexual abuse that started when he was 11 or 12 with gifts and touching and escalated to more than 25 incidents of oral sex. He said Sandusky said, "It's your turn," and then "he made me put my mouth on his privates."
◆ Joe Miller, an elementary wrestling coach, testified that he walked in on Sandusky and alleged victim No. 1 lying face to face on their sides in a school sports room. "They were both a little startled that I came in," Miller said.
◆ Jessica Dersham, a Children and Youth Services caseworker, testified that an investigation in 2009 made her believe Sandusky was abusing a boy.
◆ Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary testified that in 2001 he walked into a Penn State locker room and saw Sandusky naked with a young boy in a shower in a position that was "extremely sexual." McQueary said he told his father and reported the incident to head football coach Joe Paterno, then later talked with Curley, the athletic director, and Schultz, a vice president whose responsibilities included overseeing the campus police.
Wednesday, June 13
◆ Alleged victim No. 5, now 23, testified that Sandusky exposed himself through a towel in a sauna and later indecently touched him in a shower. The witness said he was about 12 at the time.
◆ Alleged victim No. 7 testified that he began staying overnight at Sandusky's house in 1995 or 1996, and said Sandusky would get into bed, curl up behind him and reach his arms around to the boy's front. "To this day I'm sort of repulsed by chest hair now," he said. He testified that his relationship with Sandusky eventually faded and that other boys were the ex-coach's "favorites."
◆ Alleged victim No. 10 testified that Sandusky became sexual with him when the two were wrestling in Sandusky's basement. "The defendant pinned me to the ground, pulled my shorts down, and started performing oral sex on me," he said. He also said Sandusky threatened him "He told me that if I told anybody I would never see my family again." and Sandusky later said he didn't really mean it.
◆ John McQueary Sr. testified that his son told him about the 2001 shower incident and said "it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on." But McQueary Sr. also testified that he did not attend a December 2011 preliminary hearing for Schultz and Curley, even though the defense presented a 25-page transcript of his testimony given there.
Senior Judge John Cleland allowed the jury to hear testimony from Penn State janitor Ron Petrosky, who said another janitor told him he saw Sandusky having sex with a young boy in a shower at the Lasch football building on campus in 2001. The child was alleged victim No. 8, who has not been identified by police.
◆ Prosecutors played an edited version of Sandusky's 2011 phone interview with NBC's Bob Costas. In the clip, Sandusky says: "Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? No, I enjoy young people, I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted." That section was actually played twice. The next day, jurors were given a printed transcript of the interview and were told to disregard what they had heard in the courtroom.
Thursday, June 14
◆ Alleged victim No. 6, now 25, testified that he met Sandusky through The Second Mile and that he showered with Sandusky on campus in 1998 and felt "icky," but said there was no direct sexual activity. He said he told his mother about the incident, and she called authorities, who interviewed the boy and Sandusky but did not press charges. Victim 6 also testified that he remained close to the Sandusky family until 2011, and sent Sandusky cards on Father's Day and Thanksgiving in 2009.
◆ Alleged victim No. 9, now 18, gave emotional testimony, saying he was sexually abused in 2006 by Sandusky in the ex-coach's home. He said Sandusky forced him to have oral and anal sex. The witness said, "How are you supposed to tell your mom something like that?" He said he stopped visiting Sandusky's home in 2009 and his mother contacted police when other charges were announced in 2011.
◆ Alleged victim No. 3 testified that Sandusky fondled him in the basement of the coach's home, but that the two did not engage in oral or anal sex. He also said Sandusky's attention "made me feel like I was part of something, a family," and that he was angry when he was sent to a foster home and Sandusky did not try to contact him.
◆ Anthony Sassano, an investigator with the state attorney general's office, described the steps that led to the grand jury presentment and Sandusky's arrest. He said the effort began in December 2008 after one of the alleged victims contacted a school guidance counselor. An anonymous tip led investigators to Mike McQueary, and information was gleaned from paperwork and photographs taken from The Second Mile offices and Sandusky's home. Investigators also read the ex-coach's autobiography, titled "Touched." The evidence gathered included roster lists of Second Mile camp attendees, including some alleged victims whose names were marked with asterisks, and bus passenger lists for a trip to the 1999 Outback Bowl that contained the name of alleged victim No. 4. Sassano said the university could have been more helpful with the investigation. "Penn State, to be quite frank, was not very quick in getting us our information," he said.
Friday, June 15
There was no court activity or testimony, although Cleland ruled that the defense could call witnesses about Sandusky's alleged mental-health disorder.
Sunday, June 17
Sandusky reportedly met with a mental health expert for the prosecution for more than two hours. He was driven to the session by defense team attorney Kurt Rominger.
Monday, June 18
◆ One count of unlawful contact with minors against Jerry Sandusky was dropped.
◆ The mother of an alleged abuse victim was the final witness for the prosecution, saying she blamed herself for her sons situation.
◆ Former Penn State assistant football coaches Dick Anderson and Booker Brooks testified for the defense and said it was common for coaches to shower with young people.
◆ Judge John Cleland said the case could go to the jury on Thursday, and that jurors will be sequestered during their deliberations.
◆ Tom Kline, attorney for alleged victim No. 5, received a subpoena to testify for the defense.
Tuesday, June 19
◆ The Jerry Sandusky defense team questioned two state troopers over their tactics with witnesses, suggesting that they guided what alleged victims said.
◆ A neighbor of an alleged victim testified that the boys family had bragged about the potential for a financial gain from the Sandusky case.
◆ Mental health experts for the defense and prosecution engaged in a duel of testimony over Sanduskys purported histrionic personality disorder.
◆ Dottie Sandusky supported her husband from the witness stand, saying, We just enjoyed helping children.
◆ The defense presented a parade of character witnesses, including neighbors, past Penn State and Second Mile colleagues, and former sports figures.
Wednesday, June 20
◆ Jerry Sandusky did not testify on his own behalf in his child sex abuse trial in Bellefonte.
◆ Dr. Jonathan Dranov testified for the defense, sometimes corroborating earlier testimony from Mike McQueary and sometimes contradicting what McQueary said he saw and did.
◆ Two defense character witnesses said they met Sandusky through The Second Mile and had positive relationships with the former assistant coach.
◆ Neither the prosecution nor the defense called any rebuttal witnesses.
◆ The defense rested its case after 2 1⁄2 days of witnesses.
Thursday June 21
◆ In the defenses closing argument, attorney Joe Amendola pointed to a chain reaction of events that allowed police to target Jerry Sandusky, and victims and their attorneys to look forward to big paydays from civil lawsuits.
◆ In the prosecutions closing argument, Joseph E. McGettigan III said testimony from eight young men shows Sandusky as a serial predatory pedophile.
◆ The jury took the case around 1:15 p.m. and deliberated until about 9:40 p.m. without reaching a verdict.
◆ Away from the trial, Matt Sandusky, an adopted son, said in a statement by his attorney that he had been sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, and another man, Travis Weaver, said on NBCs Rock Center newsmagazine that he was abused by Sandusky in the early 1990s.