A second accuser took the stand Tuesday during the second day of the trial against Jerry Sandusky.
The 18-year-old man, dubbed Victim Number One in the commonwealth’s case against Sandusky, says for years he was subjected to fondling and sexual abuse as a boy during frequent sleepovers at the former Penn State assistant football coach’s home.
Like the first alleged victim to testify, Number One met Sandusky through the Second Mile, did not live with his father, and said he was reluctant to speak about the abuse because he was embarrassed and scared he wouldn’t be believed.
But Number One was much more emotional as he relayed the details of his abuse — breaking down in tears several times as he spoke to the lead prosecutor, and once more during the cross examination.
The defense attorney asked a series of questions about an inconsistency in the alleged victim’s testimony before a grand jury.
Number One repeatedly said he struggled to tell the whole story of his abuse, finally deciding, he says, “If I’m going to grow up and leave this all behind … the truth has to be told.”