Sandusky jury rehears McQueary, related testimony and instructions
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - More than six hours into their deliberations Friday, jurors in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky asked a judge to re-read a portion of his instructions involving one of the more controversial elements of the case against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach.
Updated: 4:15 p.m.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. – More than six hours into their deliberations Friday, jurors in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky asked a judge to re-read a portion of his instructions involving one of the more controversial elements of the case against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach.
Judge John M. Cleland called jurors back to the courtroom at 3:25 p.m. and instructed them once again on how to weigh testimony involving the alleged abuse of a man known in court documents as Victim 8. His identity remains unknown to prosecutors.
Last week, Penn State janitor Ron Petrosky testified that in 2000 a co-worker, James Calhoun, walked out of a locker room shower claiming he had seen Sandusky "licking on" the young boy's genitals. Petrosky told jurors that immediately prior he had seen Sandusky and the boy leaving the room holding hands.
Because Calhoun now suffers from dementia, he was unable to testify at trial.
And Sandusky's defense lawyers have seized on that point, arguing that the charges stemming from that purported incident amount to hearsay.
In his jury charge Thursday, Cleland told jurors that what Calhoun allegedly told Petrosky that night 12 years ago was not enough to convict Sandusky on the Victim 8 counts. Instead, they must make their decision based on other evidence -- such as Petrosky's own recollections and testimony about other alleged instances of abuse, he said.
Jurors returned to their deliberations just after 3:30 p.m.
Earlier Friday, the jury asked to rehear testimony involving a former Penn State assistant coach and a family friend he confided in.
Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina read the testimony of the coach, Sandusky accuser Mike McQueary, and defense attorney Joseph Amendola played Dr. Jonathan Dranov.
The rehearing took about two hours, and then the jury returned to deliberating.
The jury's discussion resumed shortly before 9 a.m., following a marathon day in court accompanied by blockbuster developments outside the courtroom.
The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's 33-year-old son, Matt, publicly alleged Thursday he had been abused by his father and said he had offered to testify as a prosecution witness at the trial. He was never called to the stand.
An Ohio man also appeared on national TV last night, alleging being sexually abused by Sandusky more than 100 times.
Those revelations came hours after a panel of seven women and five men began weighing Jerry Sandusky's fate on 48 counts of child sex abuse involving other young men. Sandusky has denied the allegations that he abused 10 boys over a 15-year period.
At the urging of Judge John M. Cleland, jurors continued their debate well into night before finally retiring after eight hours just before 9:30 p.m. Before being dismissed for the evening, they asked to review testimony from McQueary and Dranov.
McQueary testified last week that he walked in on Sandusky sodomizing a young boy in a football locker room shower in 2001. He said he saw Sandusky naked and gyrating his hips behind the child - a movement that was accompanied by a "skin-on-skin slapping sound."
But when Dranov took the stand Wednesday, he told jurors that McQueary only described hearing "sexual sounds" in the locker room that night. He did not say that he saw Sandusky in a sexual act, Dranov said.
McQueary's father called Dranov that night to help consult on what his son should do next. The men eventually counseled the then-graduate assistant to notify head football coach Joe Paterno.
Jurors took up his case again starting at 8:55 a.m.
In other developments Thursday, an Ohio man not involved in the trial became the second accuser to go public with molestation allegations against Sandusky.
Within hours of Matt Sandusky's announcement, Travis Weaver, 30, appeared on the NBC news magazine program "Rock Center," alleging the former coach had abused him more than 100 times over a period of four years. His allegations included accusations of oral and anal rape.
Weaver filed a civil lawsuit against Sandusky, Penn State, and Jerry Sandusky's charity The Second Mile in December under the pseudonym "John Doe A."
In his interview with NBC, he said he felt compelled to reveal his identity to help other abuse victims come forward. Weaver's allegations were not part the ongoing criminal case.