BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors deliberating in former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial have focused their questions to the judge on allegations related to two alleged victims still unknown to investigators.
On Friday afternoon, the jury sought details from the judge on charges connected to a boy known in court records as Victim 8.
Earlier Friday, jurors listened again to testimony from a key prosecution witness, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, about an unknown boy alleged assaulted by Sandusky inside a football facility shower.
Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, using his charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile, as a source of victims.
Regarding Victim 8, Judge John Cleland told the jurors in a brief courtroom meeting that they must be satisfied that there is other evidence that abuse occurred, not just statements from a Penn State janitor who relayed a co-worker's account of alleged abuse.
The seven women and five men on the jury then returned to deliberations after barely five minutes inside the courtroom.
The jurors' question related to the testimony of a co-worker of Penn State janitor Jim Calhoun. The co-worker, Ron "Buck" Petrosky, was allowed testified last week about what Calhoun told him he saw in November 2000. Calhoun is now suffering from dementia and therefore was unavailable to testify.
Petrosky said that when he encountered Calhoun in a football team locker room, the janitor told him he had seen Sandusky — he didn't realize Sandusky was a famous coach — making a boy perform oral sex on him. Petrosky said Calhoun's face was white, his hands were trembling and he was in tears.
Earlier Friday, the jurors took copious notes as attorneys reread McQueary's testimony. They appeared to pay close attention to McQueary's statement that he did not see penetration, but did see a boy pressed up against a wall with Sandusky behind him.
Jurors also reheard the testimony of a McQueary family friend, Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who said that McQueary told him a different version of the story that didn't include the then-graduate assistant seeing sexual contact.
However, McQueary testified that he hadn't told Dranov all that he saw.
As the attorneys read the testimony from transcripts, Sandusky paid close attention while his wife, Dottie, sat behind him. It was the first time Dottie Sandusky heard the testimony, because she wasn't present when the two men took the stand.
It was also McQueary's testimony that touched off the massive scandal that rocked Penn State and forced a re-examination of the role of college administrators in reporting abuse allegations.
During the trial, the jury heard from eight accusers who claim Sandusky engaging in sexual contact ranging from kissing and fondling to forced oral or anal sex.
Sandusky has repeatedly denied the allegations. The defense portrayed him as the hapless victim of a conspiracy to convict him of heinous crimes. They explain the 48 charges against him as the result of an investigatory team out for blood and accusers who willingly played along in hopes of securing a big payday.
Shortly after the jury began deliberations Thursday, attorneys for Sandusky's 33-year-old adopted son, Matt, dropped a bombshell, saying he'd been abused by the former coach and had been prepared to testify against him if called to the stand.
Sequestered during deliberations, the jury was under orders from Judge John Cleland to ponder only the case placed in their hands.
The jury, which includes nine people with ties to Penn State, had already begun deliberating when Matt Sandusky's attorneys issued a statement alleging that his father abused him.
"During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse," Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici said in the statement. The lawyers said they arranged for a meeting between Matt Sandusky and authorities, but declined further comment.
Matt Sandusky went to live with Sandusky and his wife as a foster child and was adopted by them as an adult. He is one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children.
Shortly after Jerry Sandusky's arrest, Matt Sandusky's ex-wife went to court to keep her former father-in-law away from their three young children. Jill Jones successfully obtained a restraining order forbidding the children from sleeping over at their grandparents' home.
Around the same time, details emerged that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide just four months after first going to live with the couple in 1995. He had come into the home through The Second Mile.
During testimony last week, an accuser known as Victim 4 said Matt Sandusky was living at the Sandusky home at the time he stayed there overnight and testified that Jerry Sandusky came into the shower with the two boys and "started pumping his hand full of soap." Matt Sandusky shut off the shower and left, appearing nervous, the witness said.
On Friday, three of Matt Sandusky's siblings — Jeffrey Sandusky, Jon Sandusky and Kara Werner — were in court with their parents.
Another son, Ray Sandusky, who lives in Brentwood, Tenn., said he had no comment and closed the door on an Associated Press reporter.
A sixth Sandusky child, E.J., could not be located by the AP on Friday.
Associated Press writer Teresa M. Walker in Brentwood, Tenn., contributed to this report.
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