Victim 5 Describes Sandusky Shower Incident [Graphic Content]
Victim 5, as he is known in the Grand Jury report, was the first to testify after an extended lunch recess. He described to the jury– while brushing away tears — an incident that occurred in 2001 where Sandusky sexually abused him in the Lasch football building shower after a workout.
Victim 5 first started attending Second Mile summer camps in 1999. He said he met Sandusky during this camp. “There was a skit performed by Mr. Sandusky where he was a Polish gangster. I approached him and told him I was Polish,” Victim 5 said. “He said something to me in Polish, although I didn’t understand.”
“He asked me if I wanted to go to some Penn State football games and hang out with some other kids,” Victim 5 testified. He said that he attended approximately 8 to 10 football games over a period of a few seasons. Sandusky would pick him up in the morning of the game and drive him to the game.
“He would reach over and put his hand on my left leg,” Victim 5 said. When asked if that made him feel uncomfortable, Victim 5 said “In some sense.”
In 2001, Victim 5 says that Sandusky asked him to work out at the football facilities. After working out for a short period of time, Sandusky asked Victim 5 if he wanted to go in the sauna. “I’d heard of what a sauna was, but I didn’t know what the point of it was,” Victim 5 said.
“We were undressed but in towels when we go in the sauna,” Victim 5 testified. “We sat down in the sauna with our towels on. Jerry parted the towel out and sat down on his towel and exposed himself to me.”
After getting out of the sauna, Victim 5 says that they went down the hall to the end of the shower room. Victim 5 then became visibly emotional, wiping tears away with a tissue as he explained what happened next.
Upon entering the shower room Victim 5 said, “I noticed that he started coming in my direction and he threw some soap at me and started lathering my shoulders. I crept forward a little bit more as did he and I felt his body on my back. I kept lurching forward but I didn’t have anywhere to go and I just felt his penis on my back. I kind of turned away and I felt his arm move forward and he touched my genitalia. And then he took my hand and he placed it on his.”
“His penis was…bigger at the time,” Victim 5 said. “But I didn’t know what that meant at the time.”
Victim 5 said that he exited the shower and started drying off. “He was upset with me because he didn’t talk to me,” Victim 5 said, and explained that Sandusky refused to make eye contact with him as he drove him home.
In Joe Amendola’s cross-examination, Victim 5 admits that he told the Grand Jury the shower incident occurred in 1996-1998, however, he is now confident that the incident occurred in 2001 after sitting down and comparing dates to other events in his life, like September 11, 2001.
Victim 5 first admitted that he was abused a year ago to his girlfriend before testifying to the Grand Jury. “I wanted to forget about it. I was embarrassed,” Victim 5 testified.
Following Victim 5’s testimony, the prosecution played the now infamous clip from his interview with Bob Costas on NBC’s “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” which aired on November 14, 2011.
We are now in a short recess.
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