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June 13, 2012

Witness says Sandusky told him: 'It's your turn'

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A boy from Clinton County, Pa., who once thought of Jerry Sandusky as a role model froze with fear the first time Sandusky sexually abused him, the young man said during tearful and agonizing testimony Tuesday morning.

"After rubbing and cracking my back and rubbing his hands down the back of my shorts, and then blowing on my stomach ... he put," the young man known as alleged victim No. 1 said, tearing up, then shooting an angry glare at Sandusky before finishing: "He put his mouth on my privates.

"I didn't know what to do."

The powerful testimony - as the young man's civil attorneys described it later - went from teary as he described to the jury the details of the alleged sexual abuse that started with touching and escalated to more than 25 allegations of oral sex before he broke off contact and contacted authorities, who launched the investigation.

But on cross-examination from defense attorney Joe Amendola, the young man was more confident and invigorated, fighting off being grilled by Amendola about inconsistencies in what he told authorities and the grand jury about the alleged abuse. At one point, he clenched his fists to his face and shouted at the attorney, "Oh, my God, it's hard enough for me to tell these folks of the jury what happened."

The young man was the second of the eight known alleged victims expected to testify. Alleged victim No. 4, a 28-year-old from Centre County, Pa., detailed Monday abuse he suffered over more than four years. The 28-year-old never backed down from his story, saying Sandusky treated him as "his girlfriend" and sent him "creepy love letters" while sexually abusing him in Penn State shower rooms.

The young man from Clinton County, who is 18 and graduated from high school just last week, testified that one of the last times he saw Sandusky was during a street encounter after school. Sandusky had shown up outside his school, followed his school bus and then confronted him about the two drifting apart. Sandusky ended up getting into an argument with the boy's mother and his grandfather came over as a precaution, he testified.

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