Victim 1 Finishes Cross-Examination, Three Other Witnesses Testify
Victim 1 finished his testimony this morning, fielding questions from Joe Amendola regarding the inconsistent testimony that he gave to police officers and the Grand Jury.
Amendola attempted to damage the credibility of Victim 1 by pointing out the fact that he told different stories to police officers than he did to the Grand Jury and psychologists. Victim 1 said, “I will stress to you again that I was scared when I was testifying. I broke down and cried. There was a lot of stress in me not wanting to say what happened.”
Amendola then asked, “Would it be fair to say as you got closer to these people, it’d be easier to tell these people what happened?”
Victim 1 responded, “Yes it would.” He said it was difficult for him to tell new people about what happened to him. “When a new person steps in to try to get me to tell them everything, it takes a little bit. I don’t just come right out and say, ‘Hey this absolutely happened to me.’ It takes awhile.”
Amendola continued to press the witness, trying to make it clear to the jury that he had told people different stories at different times.
Finally, Victim 1 said to one of Amendola’s questions about why he gave inconsistent testimony, “You’re…you’re…oh my god…It’s hard enough to tell these folks at the jury, let alone a size of this room and more. I’m sorry, but you’re asking me the same questions over and over again. I’m going to give you the same answer every single time.”
Victim 1 then looked at the prosecutor’s table, broke down sobbing, and mouthed the words, “I just want to stop.”
Judge Cleland told Victim 1 that he could take a break if he wished, but questioning continued for several more minutes as Amendola kept pressing.
“I don’t want to be here,” Victim 1 said.
“I don’t think any of us do,” Amendola responded.
After Victim 1’s testimony concluded, Victim 1’s grandfather was called to the witness stand. In his brief testimony, he verified that Victim 1 had indeed spent substantial time with Sandusky during the time of the alleged abuse.
A front desk manager at a Hilton hotel also testified. She said, “I instructed my staff to issue a key to Sandusky giving him access to the pool and gym.” Victim 1 testified that he had gone with Sandusky to swim at the hotel on several occasions.
A case worker for Clinton County Child/Youth Services was next to take the stand, who had worked with Victim 1 and interviewed Sandusky. She said, “Mr. Sandusky admitted to blowing raspberries on the Victim’s stomach. He admitted to cracking his back. He admitted to having Victim 1 lie on top of him.”
But when Sandusky was asked if he had touched Victim 1 inappropriately, the case worker claims Sandusky said, “I can’t honestly answer whether my hands went below his pants.”
Sandusky also admitted to kissing Victim 1 on his forehead, but said it wasn’t unusual for him to kiss kids on the forehead. He also denied that he had any sexual contact with Victim 1 or that there was any sexual feelings towards him.
Court is now adjourned for lunch, and will resume at 1 p.m.