BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A third alleged victim of Jerry Sandusky told jurors Wednesday that the former Penn State coach threatened him, saying he would never see his foster family again if he told anyone that the coach had sexually assaulted him.
The witness, 25, said he was about 11 years old when Sandusky first took him to the basement bedroom of the coach's home in State College, Pa.
While Sandusky's wife was upstairs, the witness said, the coach began wrestling with him, pinned him to the floor, pulled down his gym shorts and performed oral sex on him.
"I freaked out and got scared," he said.
He said Sandusky then told him "I'd never see my family again" if he told anyone.
Speaking in a quiet but deliberate voice, the witness told jurors that Sandusky later "apologized."
"He said he didn't mean it, and then he said he loved me," the witness said.
The sexual abuse trial is in its third day after a wrenching session Tuesday in which two prosecution witnesses offered graphic testimony about Sandusky's alleged sexual activities involving two children. The 68-year-old coaching icon faces the prospect of life in prison if convicted on all or some of the 52 counts against him.
Wednesday, the witness said he first met Sandusky in 1998 when he was referred to The Second Mile, Sandusky's charity for at-risk children. His first encounter with the coach after joining the program was in a swimming pool where he said Sandusky dove between his legs and grabbed his genitals underneath his bathing suit.
He said Sandusky performed oral sex on him and forced him to perform oral sex on Sandusky at least two other times between 1998 and 1999.
On cross-examination by defense attorney Joe Amendola, the witness acknowledged a troubled past that included a recent conviction for robbery. He said he had previous problems with alcohol and drugs.
The witness never wavered from his account of what happened with Sandusky.
The witness's foster mother testified later that the witness told her last December of his alleged encounters with Sandusky.
"It made me sick," she said.
A separate alleged victim, 27, told jurors that for at least three years, he tolerated Sandusky's inappropriate advances, which included showers, fondling of his genitals and intimate bedtime hugs, because the coach provided a steady stream of football tickets to Penn State games.
Beginning in 1995, when he met Sandusky at the age of 10, and continuing to 2000, the witness said he attended every Penn State home game courtesy of the former coach. For the first three years of that association, he said, the games were often preceded with uncomfortable car rides when Sandusky would allegedly squeeze his leg and fondle his genitals.
Occasionally, he said, Sandusky would squeeze his leg so hard "I would cry out."
On overnight stays at the coach's house, he said, Sandusky would climb into bed a mattress set up in a spare room upstairs behind the boy, "wrapping his arms around me tightly." Sometimes, he said, Sandusky would fondle the boy's nipples or turn him over and blow on his stomach.
"To this day, I am repulsed by chest hair and the feeling of it pressed up against my back," said the witness, referring to the times when a bare-chested Sandusky allegedly visited the bedroom.
"I didn't tell anyone (at the time). I didn't know what to think. I didn't want my family or anyone to know," he said. "I enjoyed going to games so much that I decided to push it to the back of my mind."
In 1997, the witness said Sandusky suddenly stopped calling and offering tickets to the games. He said the loss of access to the games "upset" him.
"I thought that I did something that offended him or to make him angry," the witness said.
The ticket offers resumed when his mother, unaware of the alleged abuse, called Sandusky to ask about the sudden loss of contact with the coach, he said.
Throughout the witness's testimony, Sandusky looked on from his seat a few yards away while several jurors appeared to be taking notes.
On cross-examination, Sandusky's lawyers challenged the witness's account, suggesting that some of the most explicit allegations were linked to a recent decision to hire a civil attorney. Amendola asked why the witness did not tell a Pennsylvania grand jury last April that Sandusky had bear-hugged the witness in a shower with the coach's genitals pressed up against the boy's backside yet related the story to prosecutors months later after he had hired a lawyer.
The witness said recent "counseling" sessions had helped him recall what he had attempted to "block" from his memory. Amendola questioned him about his contact with another alleged victim in the case, but the witness said the contact never included discussions about his testimony.
"I wanted him to know I was there for him," he said.
Amendola continued to press the witness, displaying an application for financial aid sponsored by Sandusky's charity. On the 2004 application, the witness wrote that Sandusky had "changed my perception on life in a positive way."
He went on to describe the coach as "a kind and caring gentleman. I will never forget him."
The witness said he harbored "no ill-will" toward the coach at that time. He said his feelings toward Sandusky changed "very recently," suggesting that he had heard about other alleged victims.
Asked by prosecutors how he regarded the former coach now, the witness said, "Disappointed."
Also on Wednesday the father of former assistant coach Mike McQueary told the jury details of a phone call he had with his son after the former Penn State quarterback allegedly saw Sandusky abusing a young boy in a locker room shower.
John McQueary told the court he approached former university vice president Gary Schultz about the allegations to follow-up on his son's report to the university. The elder McQueary said Schultz told him he'd heard "noises" previously about Sandusky misconduct.