Victim 4 Completes Testimony, Second Mile Program Director Testifies
Amendola began the second half of his questioning of Victim 4 by asking if anyone ever witnessed he and Sandusky in the shower. He said that occasionally, other coaches would be in the shower, but not when abuse occurred. “There was a time I thought maybe Tom Bradley was suspicious of something, so he stayed in the shower until we were finished,” Victim 4 said.
Amendola also questioned Victim 4 on if Sandusky ever threatened him, or told him not to tell anyone about their relationship. Victim 4 says that he was never physically threatened, although there was an instance when he smacked Sandusky over the head with a bottle when he was touching his leg in the car.
Amendola tried to connect two of the victims, as Victim 4 and another accuser lived in the same apartment complex for several years. “I knew who he was, but I didn’t talk to him,” Victim 4 said. “I wasn’t the nicest kid when I was little — I was a bully to him, and we never talked.”
Victim 4 also said that Sandusky gave him money to purchase marijuana when he was 15 or 16, and drove him to a house to pick it up. Victim 4 then smoked the marijuana in the car with Sandusky, and Sandusky then drove Victim 4 to a store and purchased him two cartons of cigarettes. Oddly enough, this dialogue was brought up by Amendola and the defense, and the prosecution did not press the issue.
After hours of testimony, and several moments of clear frustration toward Amendola, Victim 4 was finished. Mark McCann, the Associate Vice President of Programming for The Second Mile, was next to testify.
The prosecution pressed McCann on a written agreement between Sandusky and Victim 4, which was called “The Second Mile Positive Action Program.” The agreement was signed on January 10, 1999, and granted “at least $1,000” to Victim 4 for post-high school education. As part of the program, Victim 4 would be required to hang out with Sandusky and compete in different sporting events and activities.
McCann said that this type of program was “not normal.” “Programs need accountability and supervision,” McCann said. He added that it was not typical of The Second Mile to endorse such programs.
After only 15 minutes, McCann was released. Court was then adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
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