UPDATE 5:27 p.m. -- Following an extended lunch break, the prosecution called Anthony Sassano, a 12-year veteran with the state attorney general’s office, to testify about the investigation of Sandusky launched in December 2008.
Sassano said it was difficult getting victims to speak because nobody wanted to "talk about their sexual experiences."
The case began to open when state police acquired a list of people involved with the Second Mile, Sandusky’s charity. Investigators also picked up Sandusky's autobiography, "Touched," and used it to identify other people related to the organization. They sent subpoenas to get the names of the employees, Sassano told the court.
"Penn State, to be quite frank, was not very quick in getting us our information." Sassano said.
Court will resume on Monday.
UPDATE 2:20 p.m. -- In late morning testimony, Accuser #3 -- a 25-year-old Army veteran -- recalled Sandusky’s tickling and bear hugs during sleepovers at the former football coach’s house.
"He was like a father to me," the witness said. "He coaxed me and coerced me into taking off my clothes... He would wash my shoulders, my butt, my back. He would pick me up and bear hug me. He would give me a real big hug in the air, both with my back to him and with my front to him."
Accuser #3 told the court that he did not know his father when he was young and never had a happy home life. He said he spent the night at Sandusky’s home about 50 times during a three year period.
Asked if he is angry, accuser #3 said that he wished Sandusky would take him from the group home where he lived.
"I'm not mad,” the witness said. “I'm enraged, hurt. He forgot about me like I was nothing. I prayed he'd call me to get me out of there."
During cross examination, the alleged victim said that Sandusky never performed oral sex on him or asked him for oral sex.
The prosecution could finish their case as early as today.
ORIGINAL STORY: BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky continued Thursday in Centre County Court, as yet another alleged victim of the accused child molester took the stand.
Accuser #6, a 25-year-old man who recently graduated from bible college, told the jury on Thursday that he first met Sandusky at a picnic during the mid-1990s. Accuser #6 said he was a huge football fan and was in awe of Sandusky.
"I kind of grew up in a Penn State house," the accuser said. "Anything to do with Penn State, I just wanted to be a part of it."
The names of the accusers are being withheld, although they are testifying in open court.
In 1998 Accuser #6, then 11 years old, said he was invited to work out with Sandusky and afterward was allegedly encouraged to shower with him.
"I started to really get uncomfortable taking my clothes off -- only my parents saw me like that," Accuser #6 testified. "I put a towel around me and walked to the shower...I didn't want to be next to him in the shower. It felt really awkward."
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Role: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, accused of molesting boys over a 15-year period. Background: Arrested in November after a long investigation by a statewide grand jury. He had been a very successful defensive coach for the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his fame in the community to attract victims. Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children. Status: Awaits trial, with jury selection scheduled for Tuesday.
Role: Married to Jerry Sandusky. Background: Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting his bail, accompanying him to court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence and said accusers were making up stories. She is not charged.
Role: Penn State athletic director, on leave while he fights criminal charges for actions related to the Sandusky scandal. Background: Curley fielded a complaint about Sandusky in a team shower with a boy in early 2001, and told a grand jury he instructed Sandusky not to be inside Penn State athletic facilities with any young people. Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He's not on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.
Role: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now retired. Background: Schultz told the grand jury that head coach Joe Paterno and assistant Mike McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident "in a very general way" but did not provide details. Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He's not on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.
Role: Assistant Penn State football coach. Was a graduate assistant in 2001, when he says he witnessed Jerry Sandusky and a boy naked together in a team shower. McQueary took his complaint to Paterno, who alerted university administrators. Background: McQueary testified at a court hearing in December that he "believed Jerry was sexually molesting" the boy and "having some type of intercourse with him."
Role: Defense attorney for Jerry Sandusky. Background: Amendola has been second-guessed for allowing Sandusky to go on network television and speak at length with a reporter for The New York Times after his arrest. Has won several legal battles for Sandusky, including getting him released on bail and fighting the prosecution's effort to have the case heard by a jury from outside the State College area. His office is in State College.
Role: Another defense attorney for Jerry Sandusky. Background: Rominger suggested in media interviews that Sandusky might have been teaching "basic hygiene skills" to some of the youths, such as how to put soap on their bodies. His office is in Carlisle.
Joseph McGettigan III
Role: Lead prosecutor. Background: McGettigan, currently senior deputy attorney general, is a veteran prosecutor with stints in the Philadelphia and Delaware County district attorneys' offices and the U.S. attorney's office. McGettigan prosecuted John du Pont, the chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate in 1996. He's known as an aggressive, feisty lawyer.
Role: Judge presiding over Sandusky's trial. Background: Cleland is a semi-retired senior judge from McKean County in western Pennsylvania. Known as courteous and fair-minded, Cleland previously chaired a state panel that investigated a nationally reported scandal in Luzerne County involving the trading of juvenile-detention suspects for cash.
Role: The longtime football coach was told by McQueary in 2001 that he saw Sandusky and Victim No. 2 in a shower on the Penn State campus and, in turn, told Curley and Schultz. Background: The head coach at Penn State from 1966 through 2011, and major college football's winningest, he offered to resign at the end of the 2011 season amid the uproar after Sandusky's arrest Nov. 6. The Penn State Board of Trustees, however, ousted him for what was called his "failure of leadership" surrounding allegations about Sandusky. He died of lung cancer Jan. 22.
Role: Married to Paterno for almost 50 years, she raised five children with him and passionately defended her husband during the scandal and after he died. It's unclear whether she might testify.
Role: Now the governor of Pennsylvania, he was attorney general when the investigation into Sandusky was launched by state prosecutors. Background: Corbett is an ex-officio member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, although he did not actively participate until after Sandusky was charged in December.
Role: Pennsylvania attorney general, whose office is prosecuting Sandusky. Background: A career prosecutor in the Pittsburgh area, Kelly inherited the Sandusky probe from Corbett when she was confirmed as his temporary successor as attorney general. She leaves office in January.
Role: Pennsylvania State Police commissioner. Background: Noonan garnered national attention two days after Sandusky's arrest when he criticized Paterno, a Penn State and sports icon, for failing his "moral responsibility" to do more when McQueary told him of the 2001 shower incident.
Role: Former CEO of The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky founded. Background: Raykovitz led the charity for almost 30 years and was a longtime friend of Sandusky's. Raykovitz testified before the grand jury that recommended indicting Sandusky on child abuse charges. He resigned from The Second Mile soon after the scandal broke, and board members later complained that Raykovitz hadn't told them enough about earlier allegations against Sandusky.
Sandusky, 68, allegedly tickled accuser #6 and then grabbed him from behind in a bear hug. He said Sandusky told him, "I'm going to squeeze your guts out."
After the bear hug, Sandusky allegedly lathered the backside of accuser #6 and then lifted him up to a shower head so he could wash the soap from his hair.
"That's the last thing I remember, being in the shower was just kind of black," he said.
When Accuser #6 went home, he told his mom he had showered with Sandusky and she contacted police.
During cross-examination by defense attorney Joe Amendola, Accuser #6 was asked if Sandusky had touched his genital area, to which he replied, "Not that I remember."
Amendola then brought up the ongoing relationship Accuser #6 had maintained with Sandusky over the years, including the acceptance of money for a mission trip to Mexico and a lunch he recently had with the former coach.
The defense also presented a text message Accuser #6 sent to Sandusky on Thanksgiving Day 2009. "I'm glad God has placed you in my life," Accuser #6 wrote in the text message. "You are an awesome friend, love you."
Accuser #6 said he did not realize Sandusky's alleged conduct toward him was inappropriate until January 2011, when he was contacted by police. He said, in retrospect, he felt violated.
After Accuser #6 stepped down, former Penn State University police detective Ron Schreffler took the stand. Schreffler was one of the officers involved in investigating Sandusky after the mother of Accuser #6 contacted police about the alleged shower incident.
Schreffler testified that Sandusky had admitted showering with several boys but had denied any sexual activity ever took place. Sandusky had described his actions as "bad judgment," the witness testified.
The police report was turned over to former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar, who disagreed with Shreffler over whether whether charges should be filed. The DA ultimately declined to do so.
Gricar is unable to testify because he disappeared in 2005 and his current whereabouts remain unknown.
During cross examination, Schreffler told Amendola that Accuser #6 never accused Sandusky of having sexual contact with him.
Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts related to the alleged sexual assaults of 10 boys over a 15-year period. Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III has referred to Sandusky as a "serial predator." Sandusky maintains his innocence and his attorney has suggested the accusers have financial motives behind their accusations.
Judge John M. Cleland told the jury Wednesday that the Commonwealth will be done presenting its case by Friday. So far, five of the eight alleged victims expected to testify have taken the stand. Authorities say they do not know the identities of two other alleged victims.
(Check back for the latest updates)