The man, now 25 and called Victim 10 by prosecutors, told the court Sandusky assaulted him in the basement of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s State College home in the late 1990s, then threatened to keep him away from his biological family.
“He told me that if I ever told anyone that I’d never see my family again,” the accuser testified.
Later, Sandusky offered a more conciliatory tone.
“He apologized for saying that,” the witness said. “He told me he didn’t mean it and that he loved me.”
The man said Sandusky also assaulted him on other occasions in 1998 and 1999, including once at a pool and another time in the same basement that involved mutual oral sex.
The alleged victim is one of two who came forward after Sandusky was initially charged in November with assaulting eight boys. Sandusky faces a total of 52 criminal counts involving alleged assaults over a 15-year span.
Under cross-examination, the man testified that he was the roommate of another Sandusky accuser at a camp sponsored by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile.
The alleged victim also acknowledged having spent nearly two years in state prison for a robbery and involvement with drugs and alcohol, but said he was doing better now.
“I’m married. I’m expecting” a child, he said.
Earlier 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 performing a sex act on a young boy in a locker room shower.
Two other alleged victims have already testified, describing in graphic detail encounters with the coach that happened after they met him through his charity for at-risk youth.
On Tuesday, the teen identified by prosecutors as “Victim 1” struggled to retain his composure while recounting the humiliation and fear that accompanied alleged abuse at Sandusky’s hands.
The boy, now 18 and a recent high school graduate, said sleepovers in a bedroom in the basement of Sandusky’s State College home escalated into kissing, fondling and oral sex. Eventually, he testified, Sandusky said it was his turn to reciprocate the act of his alleged molester. He said he could not resist.
“I don’t know how to explain it, I froze,” he said. “My mind is telling me to move but I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t move.”
Sandusky, 68, has denied the allegations. Authorities say he abused the boys in hotels, at his home and inside the football team’s headquarters.
Sandusky’s attorneys have suggested his accusers have financial motivations for coming forward.