Victim 3 Takes the Stand on Day Four [Graphic Content]
Victim 3 — as he is known in the Grand Jury report — testified this morning before lunch recess.
Victim 3 said he first met Sandusky at a Second Mile function when he was introduced to him by a counselor. During their first conversation, Sandusky asked if he wanted to attend his football camp, to which Victim 3 agreed.
Victim 3 said that when Sandusky picked him up for the football camp, Sandusky touched his leg in the car. “The hand on the knee happened right away. That was a big thing for Jerry – rubbing my knee and the inside of my leg and tickling.”
Increasingly, Sandusky began inviting Victim 3 to spend time with him, including inviting him to the Blue & White game and on a short road trip to Syracuse where Sandusky delivered a motivational speech.
Soon, Victim 3 began sleeping over at Sandusky’s home. “He was like a father to me,” Victim 3 said. Victim 3 testified that he slept upstairs during those visits, which he estimated happened “about 50 times.” “He would ask me why I wanted to sleep with all my clothes on,” Victim 3 said. “So eventually I stripped down to my underwear.”
Victim 3 testified that Sandusky would come up and sat on the end of the bed. “He was in his shorts but no shirt, Victim 3 said. “He would make me laugh. He would get excited and jump into bed and start tickling me. He would start rubbing on my stomach – blowing on my stomach and chest – and at once point he touched my penis.”
Victim 3 said he never asked Sandusky to stop. “I was enjoying the things I was getting too much [to ask him to stop],” Victim 3 said.
Like several previous witnesses, Victim 3 says that Sandusky would ask him to go work out, and then take a shower with him. “The first time I took a shower, I was nervous because I’ve never showered with a grown man before. He coaxed me and forced me into taking off my clothes,” Victim 3 said. “He went over and turned on his shower and the one right next to him, but I came in and turned on a different shower.”
“He would make me feel bad about it like I didn’t love him or I was afraid of him or something, so he would get me to move closer to him,” Victim 3 said. “He would wash my shoudlers, my butt, and my back. He’d pick me up and give me a real big bear hug with both my front to him and my back to him.”
Victim 3 testified that he slept over at Sandusky’s house “about 50 times.” He said that the abuse happened every time he slept over. “I know that it wasn’t natural for an older man,” Victim 3 said. “He made me feel like I was part of something, like a family. He gave me things that I never had before and I just didn’t want to give any of it up.”
Victim 3 said that the reason he ended contact with Sandusky was because he was sent off to a group home, and later foster care. Victim 3 said he thought about Sandusky often at foster care. “I prayed he would call me and maybe find a way to get me out of there. That never happened.”
“I tried to block this out of mind for years,” Victim 3 said.
Court is now in a lunch recess. Judge Cleland says that proceedings are moving along faster than expected, and the prosecution could finish their case today.
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