BELLEFONTE, Pa., June 11 (UPI) -- A 28-year-old man testified in graphic detail Monday how former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulted him.
During several hours on the witness stand, the man calmly told of his five-year relationship with Sandusky as a boy, the Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa., reported.
During several hours of testimony, the man told how Sandusky first started showering with him in campus facilities, and then escalated to lathering him and wrestling with him before eventually putting his penis near his mouth.
"He'd get erect. He'd try to, not every time, but sort of sneakily try to put it in my mouth," the man said.
Two times Sandusky tried to put his finger in his anus, and tried to penetrate him with his penis, the man testified.
He said the two stayed in hotels and he would awaken to Sandusky touching him under the covers.
The man said it was as if he was Sandusky's "girlfriend."
"It freaked me out extremely bad," he said. "I could not stand it."
The man said he didn't tell anyone at the time the abuse was taking place because he had a poor relationship with his stepfather and "didn't want to lose the good things" he was receiving from Sandusky such as footballs and going games. He said he repressed what had he had experienced until others came forward with allegations.
"I feel responsible for what happened to other victims," the man said.
In opening statements earlier in the day, Sandusky was described by the prosecutor as a "serial predator" and a caring man by the defense.
Sandusky, 68, is on trial in Bellefonte, Pa., charged with 52 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys during a span of 15 years.
Defense attorney Joe Amendola indicated his client would testify.
In his opening statement, Amendola there are "no victims in this case," The (State College) Centre Daily Times reported.
He described Sandusky as a caring man.
"Jerry wanted these kids to succeed," Amendola said.
Lead prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III provided an overview of the charges against Sandusky and warned testimony would be graphic.
Images of the faces of the alleged victims as young boys were projected on a screen during McGettigan's opening statement about the man he called a "serial predator."
Some of the alleged assaults occurred on the campus of Penn State, where Sandusky served under renowned head football Coach Joe Paterno, who brought the team to national prominence. Sandusky allegedly met the boys through the Second Mile, a children's charity program he founded.
If found guilty, Sandusky could be imprisoned for the rest of his life.
McGettigan said he would press the young men for details of what happened.
"I ask you now that you forgive me," he said to the jury.
Before opening statements, boxes of evidence, including a hockey stick, a snow board and several sets of golf clubs, were hauled into the Centre County courthouse, the Daily Times said.
Jurors entered the courthouse through a side door.
Sandusky, his wife Dottie and attorney Amendola entered the courtroom and began unloading boxes of defense materials.
NBC News cited legal sources who said more charges in the Sandusky case are likely and could include former Penn State President Graham Spanier, who was forced out because of the scandal.
NBC said investigators have "major new evidence" including e-mails exchanged in 2001 by Spanier and university officials Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, both facing charges of perjury and failure to report a crime. Investigators told NBC the exchanges indicate Spanier and Schultz thought it would be "humane" to Sandusky to not involve legal authorities.
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