Jerry Sandusky, facing 52 counts of sexual abuse, arrives for day 1 of his trial on Monday.
The trial for perhaps the worst scandal & cover up in the history of American institutions of higher learning roared to life on Monday as graphic testimony was offered by “Victim #4″ against Jerry Sandusky – former assistant coach at Penn State from 1976 – 1999. Mr. Sandusky faces 52 counts of sexual abuse that span a 15 year period. With a defense ready to poke holes in the stories of the victims right up to and including alleging that it’s all a conspiracy for money, Victim #4 (now 28 years old) took the stand today and delivered devastating accusations of lengthy abuse – complete with mental entrapment and threats if he left. Some of the lowlights:
“He treated me like a son in front of other people,” the witness said, sternly, with an air of scolding toward the defense attorney.
“Aside from that, he treated me like his girlfriend.”
There are allegations that Mr. Sandusky’s wife witnessed some of the abuse happening and “quickly left”:
Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, walked in on Sandusky and the boy together in a hotel room bathroom when they traveled to the Alamo Bowl at one point, the man testified, and she quickly walked out. Dottie Sandusky and several of Jerry Sandusky’s adult children attended the trial’s opening. Dottie Sandusky and Matt Sandusky, the couple’s adult son, are expected to testify during the trial and were asked to leave the courtroom as witnesses were being sequestered.
In another body blow to the university, former President Graham Spanier not only knew of the abuse, not only discussed it with other school officials, but believed that the correct course of action was to not alert the police as it would be the “humane” thing to do – the humane thing to do for Mr. Sandusky:
Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier discussed with two executives the child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago, emails show.
Spanier and retired Vice President Gary Schultz decided it would be “humane” to Sandusky not to alert police about the allegations at the center of the criminal trial that began on Monday, NBC News reported yesterday, citing internal emails provided by a source. Former athletic director Tim Curley also was part of the correspondence dating to 2001.
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