A 23-year-old man testified Wednesday that Jerry Sandusky exposed himself in a sauna they were sharing and grabbed his genitals in a shower shortly after.
Speaking to jurors at Sandusky’s sex abuse trial, the man dubbed “Victim 5” says the alleged abuse took place in 2001, just before he turned 13.
He claims Sandusky had asked him to go work out on the Penn State campus. That led to the sauna and shower on the same day in 2001.
Afterward, he testified Sandusky, whom he met at Second Mile camp in 1999, drove him home and made “no eye contact” with him. The man says he did not have contact with Sandusky again.
The allegations differed from the grand jury report issued in November, which said the alleged abuse took place between 1996 and 2002.
Earlier Wednesday, a 25-year-old man called “Victim 10” by prosecutors, testified that Sandusky pinned him down and performed oral sex on him in the basement of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s State College home in the late 1990s, then threatened to keep him away from his biological family.
“He told me that if I ever told anyone that I’d never see my family again,” the accuser testified.
Later, Sandusky offered a more conciliatory tone.
“He apologized for saying that,” the witness said. “He told me he didn’t mean it and that he loved me.”
The man said Sandusky also assaulted him on other occasions in 1998 and 1999, including once at a pool and another time in the same basement that involved mutual oral sex.
The alleged victim is one of two who came forward after Sandusky was initially charged in November with assaulting eight boys. Sandusky faces a total of 52 criminal counts involving alleged assaults over a 15-year span.
Under cross-examination, the man testified that he had been the roommate of another Sandusky accuser at a camp sponsored by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile.