Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky victims describe grooming, abuses

What started with outings to football games and gifts turned into overnight visits, touching and finally sexual assaults, according to the testimony of a young man that’s recounted in the latest report from the grand jury investigation of Jerry Sandusky.

The man, identified by the grand jury as Victim 9, testified that many of the assaults took place in a basement bedroom where he spent most of his time in the Sandusky home, even taking meals there, according to the grand jury report.

“The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him,” the presentment stated.

Sandusky was arraigned Wednesday on 12 additional charges involving sexual abuse of that boy and another boy identified in the presentment as Victim 10.

The allegations are similar to those described in the grand jury report issued Nov. 5, which accused the former Penn State football coach of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

As in the previous cases, the grand jury heard testimony that Sandusky met the two latest alleged victims through Second Mile activities.

The man identified as Victim 9, now 18 years old, was 11 or 12 years old when he met Sandusky at a Second Mile camp in or around 2004, according to the grand jury. Sandusky later took the boy to football games, provided him with money and picked him up from school on Friday afternoons to spend nights at Sandusky’s house, according to the grand jury report.

The boy spent nights at Sandusky’s house and stayed with him at a hotel in the State College area, according to the report. He testified that what he first took as affection — hugging, tickling, cuddling — became sexual assaults.

“I took it at first he was just a nice guy, like he went to church every weekend, his kids would come over every once in a while and stuff,” he is quoted as saying in the report. “And after a while, like, he got used to me and stuff and started getting further and further, wanting — to touchy feely.”

The report said that during the overnight visits, which occurred when he was 12 to 15 years old, that he always stayed in a basement bedroom, and had “barely any” contact with Sandusky’s wife, Dorothy.

The person identified in the grand jury report as Victim 10 said he became involved with The Second Mile in 1997, when he was 10, because of trouble in his home life.

As with Victim 9, the report outlines how Sandusky allegedly began to take him out and inappropriately touch him.

“Sandusky took Victim 10 shopping, buying him gifts of clothes and shoes,” the report reads. “Sandusky frequently told the boy that he loved him.”

Both of the alleged victims contacted authorities after Sandusky’s arrest on other charges.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a news release that the investigation is continuing. Potential victims or others with information related to the case are asked to call her office at 863-1053 or state police at 470-2238.

Anne Danahy can be reached at 231-4648.

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