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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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)
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