Sandusky trial recesses until Monday after more alleged victim testimony

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Several more alleged victims testified Thursday in Bellefonte, Pa., in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and after the day's events ended, the judge declared a recess until Monday.

The prosecution has not rested, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Judge John Cleland did not disclose why court will not be in session Friday.

According to the Patriot-News report, alleged victim 9, who is now 18, testified Thursday that Sandusky forced him to have oral sex and repeatedly sodomized him.

The alleged incidents took place during several years when he slept over in a basement bedroom of Sandusky's home.

He said he was 12 when he met Sandusky in 2004 or 2005 in a swimming pool during a camp run by Sandusky's Second Mile charity. He said Sandusky asked him if he would like to "hang out" outside the camp, so he gave Sandusky his mother's phone number.

His mother liked that Sandusky was showing an interest, and he testified that his mother's attitude kept him going to Sandusky's home for sleepovers for three or four years, even after Sandusky allegedly began molesting him.

He said the abuse began with Sandusky rubbing, hugging and kissing him and escalated into Sandusky forcing him to touch Sandusky's penis and to perform oral sex.

Sometimes he would scream and tell Sandusky to stop molesting him, he said, but "there was no fighting against it."

Alleged Victim 3, who is now 25, testified Sandusky would tell him to strip down to his underwear and would tickle the boy, rub his stomach, and touch his penis.

He said he didn't tell anyone about the incidents because he liked the things Sandusky did with him: taking him to dinners, playing shuffleboard in the basement, going to football games.

Under cross examination by Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, the man said he first told police in July 2011 that nothing inappropriate happened between him and Sandusky. But he later changed his story.

Also Thursday, Anthony Sassano, an investigator for the state attorney general's office, testified about a list of physical evidence that prosecutors contend link Sandusky to many of the boys he is accused of molesting.

Also, judge Cleland told jurors they must disregard what he called an "erroneous" segment of a TV interview the prosecution played during the trial on Wednesday."

The recording of the interview of Sandusky with NBC's Bob Costas contained an inadvertent repeat of part of the segment.

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