BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Opening arguments began today in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Prosecutors have charged the former coach with sexually abusing 10 boys during approximately 15 years. Today Sandusky's Attorney, Joe Amendola, told jurors the alleged victims have changed their stories and are seeking financial damages in the case. Meantime, prosecutors told jurors they will hear about the "systematic behavior by a serial predator."
The first witness at Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial says he feels responsible for what happened to other alleged victims because he didn't come forward earlier. The 28-year-old man said Monday he was reluctant to cooperate with the sweeping investigation into the allegations against the former Penn State assistant football coach. Under cross-examination by defense lawyer Joseph Amendola, the man said: "I feel if I just said something back then ... I feel responsible for what happened to other victims."
The man tells jurors that Sandusky gave him several gifts, including a snowboard and a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine autographed by linebacker LaVar Arrington.