Investigative Agent Sassano Testifies About Sandusky
Proceedings after lunch were delayed over 30 minutes. Judge Cleland explained, “There are things that happen during the course of a trial that are unscripted. Things happen that we don’t plan or anticipate.”
“Yesterday afternoon, you heard an audio of a television interview. The Commonwealth presented this evidence and didn’t catch the errors that were in the audio,” Cleland said, referring to the Bob Costas interview that was played. “It will be critically important that your memory is based on [a transcript that will be provided during deliberation] rather than the audio you heard. I’m not going to tell you what the errors were — the transcript is what you will rely on.”
The comments were apparently prompted by the Patriot News report that parts of the interview were omitted yesterday.
The first witness to testify after the extended lunch recess was Anthony Sassano, an agent at the Attorney General’s office. He was assigned to the investigation in April or May of 2009 as part of a mutual investigation with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Sassano recounted the process of the investigation so far. He said that a state trooper interviewed Victim 1 in December of 2008 after he came forward with complaints.
In 2009, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller received an anonymous e-mail, which she forwarded to Sassano. The e-mail referenced the Sandusky investigation and said that investigators should speak to Mike McQueary.
Sassano says Sandusky was put under surveillance several times and that the investigation obtained police reports from the 1998 investigation from the Penn State Police. From there, they tried to investigate whether there could be more victims.
“It was a daunting task — trying to get victims to come forward,” Sassano said. “Everyone here saw these young men testify. It’s hard to get them to admit that they were abused by a man. It would be like me not wanting to sit here with you and describe my sexual experiences in front of all of you.”
Sassano subpoenaed Penn State to obtain names of possible victims, but said, “To be frank, Penn State was not very quick in getting us the info.”
Sassano obtained a search warrant for Jerry Sandusky’s home on June 21, 2011, where many pictures of Sandusky and the alleged victims were found. An address list was also obtained. It lists Victim 9’s name, among other names, with two asterisks next to it. Victim 1’s name also appears on a list, with an asterisk next to his name as well. Victim 1’s name also appears on another list, with a dash next to his name. These markings were uncharacteristic of other names on the list.
Sassano also found that “Rudy”, the movie McQueary says he was watching before witnessing abuse, aired on the night of February 9, 2001.
A letter, written in 3rd person by Sandusky to Victim 4, was read by Sassano, in which Sandusky says, “Jer became attached to [Victim 4] and always will be…Jer might not be worthy but he needs a best friend…Jer will not forget and will always care.”