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BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania - The Associated Press

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2012. He is accused of 52 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years. AP Photo

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2012. He is accused of 52 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years. AP Photo

The child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was set to continue Wednesday with no clear sign that the 68-year-old would take the stand in his defense.

Sandusky has displayed no visible emotion as witnesses testified for the prosecution, including an alleged victim who fought back tears describing how the famous coach, who entered his life as a mentor and father figure, turned into a demanding pedophile who stalked him at home and school.

Sandusky faces dozens of charges he molested 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegations he has denied. Authorities say he abused the boys in hotels, at his home and inside the football team's headquarters.

Jurors on Tuesday also heard from assistant coach Mike McQueary, who in much anticipated testimony stood by his claim that he saw Sandusky naked in a team shower and sodomizing a child of about 10.
The identity of the boy is a mystery to prosecutors.

Earlier Tuesday, so-called "Victim 1," the boy whose mother alerted authorities to suspicions of abuse in 2008, said sleepovers in the basement of Sandusky's home escalated into alleged kissing, fondling and oral sex.

The young man said he at first felt pressure to conceal the abuse because his mother thought Sandusky was a positive influence.

Jessica Dershem, a county child protective services worker who got involved, said Sandusky denied having sexual contact with the boy but did acknowledge lying on top of him and blowing "raspberries" on the boy's belly. Dershem said Sandusky told her he couldn't recall whether he had ever touched the boy below the waist.

June/13/2012

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