- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — One, a foster child, said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn’t want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town - Penn State football.

That was how two of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers explained the former Penn State assistant coach’s hold over them.

“He told me that if I ever told anyone that I’d never see my family again,” the former foster child said Wednesday, the third day of testimony in Mr. Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial.

He said it terrified him when Mr. Sandusky uttered the threat after the coach pinned him while wrestling in the basement of the Sandusky home and performed oral sex on him.

Mr. Sandusky, 68, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, accusations he has denied. His arrest last fall rocked Penn State and led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno for not taking stronger action against Mr. Sandusky after allegations emerged a decade ago.

Three of Mr. Sandusky’s accusers testified Wednesday, bringing to five the number of them to take the stand.

Tom Kline, the lawyer for one of them, told reporters outside the courthouse: “It’s just remarkable how many children one man can shower with.”

The 25-year-old man who told jurors about the threat to keep him away from his biological family when he was younger said he believed Mr. Sandusky’s wife was inside the home, on a different floor, at the time. A foster child placed with another family, he occasionally stayed in the Sanduskys’ basement in State College in the late 1990s.

Speaking in a calm but sometimes hesitant voice, he said Mr. Sandusky later apologized for the threat: “He told me he didn’t mean it and that he loved me.”

The man, identified in court papers as Victim 10, said Mr. Sandusky also assaulted him on other occasions in 1998 and 1999, including once at a pool and another time in the basement. He said he was about 11 at the time.

An expressionless Mr. Sandusky sat mostly still at the defense table during his testimony, occasionally turning his head to look the accuser in the eye.

The accuser is one of two who came forward after Mr. Sandusky was initially charged in November with assaulting eight boys. Mr. Sandusky’s attorneys have suggested his accusers have financial reasons for coming forward.

Under cross-examination, the man testified that he was the roommate of another Sandusky accuser at a camp sponsored by Mr. Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. He also acknowledged spending nearly two years in prison for a robbery and involvement with drugs and alcohol but said he is doing better now.

Jurors also heard excerpts from a television interview Mr. Sandusky did on NBC’s “Rock Center” soon after his arrest in November. In the interview with Bob Costas, Mr. Sandusky said he’s not a pedophile but shouldn’t have showered with boys.

The judge said the prosecution’s case should wrap up by the end of the day on Friday.

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