The first day of testimony in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial featured graphic testimony from a prosecution witness about incidents of abuse he said dated back to the 1990s.
The witness – who is now 28 – is known in court documents as Victim Number 4. He was asked about letters he received from Sandusky written on Penn State letterhead after the two met through Sandusky's Second Mile charity. Victim 4 characterized some of them as “creepy love letters”
Defense Attorney Joe Amendola asked the witness why he wasn't more forceful in shunning Sandusky during interactions in the late 1990s. To which he replied that he didn't want to raise suspicion that might result if he cut ties suddenly.
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, has maintained his innocence on dozens of counts of abuse.
Testimony resumes this morning in what is expected to be a three-week trial.
Sandusky's Bio Focus of Court Filing
A defense lawyer for Jerry Sandusky has asked a judge to admit the former Penn State assistant football coach's entire autobiography as evidence in his child sex-abuse trial.
Karl Rominger says he believes the prosecution will try to use snippets from the book "Touched" to mischaracterize Sandusky's actions and motivations. Rominger says jurors should see the whole book so they can put the material in context.
Rominger is also asking Judge John Cleland to admit the grand jury testimony of Penn State officials Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. He says all three are expected to invoke their right against self incrimination if the defense calls them to testify.
Both motions were filed Monday, the same day Sandusky's trial began.
Report: PSU Officials Withheld '01 Sandusky Claim
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and another top university official exchanged emails discussing an allegation that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in a university shower in 2001 -- but they ultimately decided against alerting child welfare authorities.
NBC News reported Monday that Spanier and former Vice President Gary Schultz, who headed the campus police department, agreed not to take the case to outside authorities out of concern for the retired assistant football coach – that’s according to internal emails obtained by state law enforcement officials and given to NBC.
Spanier, who was ousted in the wake of Sandusky's November arrest, did not immediately respond to reporter’s questions about the claims. The emails were discovered in the course of Louis Freeh's internal probe of the Sandusky scandal. Penn State spokesman David La Torre says the Emails were "immediately turned over to the state attorney general.”
Freeh, a former FBI director, was hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees to investigate what school officials knew about Sandusky's conduct and what they did with the information. La Torre declined to comment on the contents of the emails, but said "we will continue to cooperate fully with all legal processes to determine what happened and ensure personal accountability."
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