Tearful Testimony from "Victim No. 1" in Trial of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The teenager who first accused former Penn State Football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse testified at Sandusky

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for opening statements in his trial on 52 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- The teenager whose report of sexual abuse spawned a grand jury investigation into Jerry Sandusky has told jurors that a guidance counselor didn't initially believe him because the former Penn State assistant football coach has a "heart of gold."
The teen, labeled Victim No. 1 by prosecutors, is now 18 years old. He testified Tuesday at Sandusky's trial.
He choked back tears as he spoke of abuse that allegedly included Sandusky fondling him, kissing him and ultimately engaging in oral sex with him. The teen says the instances of abuse happened in Sandusky's basement while his wife, Dottie, stayed upstairs.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Joe Amendola questioned whether the teen had financial motives for bringing his accusations, which the teen denied.
The teen says he is there to testify truthfully.
A social worker who met with one of Jerry Sandusky's accusers says she had enough information after her second meeting with the teen to determine the former Penn State assistant football coach had abused the boy.
Clinton County Children & Youth Services caseworker Jessica Dershem testified Tuesday that the teen identified by prosecutors as Victim 1 was initially uncomfortable talking to her. But she says he soon began to give her detailed accounts of sexual encounters involving Sandusky.
Dershem says she also met with Sandusky. She says he denied having sexual contact with the boy but did acknowledge lying on top of him and blowing "raspberries" on the boy's stomach.
Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors Tuesday about seeing the former coach with a boy in a campus shower.
It's the second time McQueary testified publicly about his 2001 encounter in the Penn State football building. He also testified at a preliminary hearing for two Penn State administrators.
McQueary says Sandusky was standing behind a boy who was propped up against a wall. He says the boy appeared to be about 10 to 12 years old.
He says he closed a locker loudly "in an attempt to say `someone's here, break it up."' He says he then called his father.
Sandusky is on trial for 52 counts involving 10 boys over a 15-year span. He has denied the allegations.

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