BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sanduskys defense team called its own witnesses Wednesday to try to discredit the testimony of Mike McQueary about a well-known alleged shower incident on Penn States campus.
The defense called on Jonathan Dranov, a family friend of the McQuearys who was present for a conversation in which Mike McQueary described seeing Sandusky in a Lasch Building shower with a young boy.
Some of Dranovs testimony was consistent with what McQueary told the jury last week. McQueary said he had heard skin on skin smacking sounds and Dranov said McQueary described them as sexual sounds.
But their testimonies diverged when it came to what exactly McQueary saw happening in that shower.
Dranov, a Boalsburg resident, testified that McQueary said he made eye contact with the young boy and then an arm pulled the boy back.
But McQueary said in his testimony he never saw an arm pull the boy back.
Dranov testified that McQueary was visibly shaken about what he saw and didnt go into graphic detail. He said he tried to press McQueary for details but didnt get anywhere.
I kept saying what did you see? Each time he would come back to the sounds, Dranov testified. It just seemed to make him more upset, so I backed off that.
McQueary was confident in his testimony last week that the incident was sexual in nature because of how close Sanduskys body was to the boys backside. McQueary said he heard the sounds and saw the extremely sexual situation three times once through a mirror and twice with his own eyes.
But McQueary testified he didnt see intercourse between Sandusky and the boy.
The boy, described as being as young as 10 and known in the grand jury presentment as alleged victim No. 2, has not been identified.
McQuearys father, John McQueary, corroborated his sons account during his testimony last week. John McQueary said his son had given him the impression something sexual had occurred in that shower. The father testified his son told him it didnt take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on.
John McQueary was the one who called Dranov to the McQueary home.
But when he took the stand at the Sandusky trial, John McQueary didnt remember testifying about the conversation at a preliminary hearing in December for former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. They are charged with perjury and failure to report abuse in the Sandusky case.
The 2001 incident was never reported directly to police, but Mike McQueary has said he thought he was reporting it to police when he spoke with Schultz, whose duties included overseeing the university police department.
Dranov, a doctor, acknowledged while testifying that he is a mandatory reporter.
Also in his testimony last week, Mike McQueary said from that point on, he did what he could to avoid Sandusky.
But the defense called on a witness, former Second Mile employee and Sandusky friend Hank Lesch, who said that in 2003 Mike McQueary participated in the Second Mile golf tournament that Sandusky ran each year. The defense had a letter thanking McQueary for golfing, and Lesch said only those who golfed got letters of thanks.
Mike McQueary was sure he didnt golf in the tournament when he testified.
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