BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The defense did not call Jerry Sandusky in his child sexual abuse trial, and rested after calling 28 witnesses.
Mr. Sandusky is charged with 51 counts of sexual abuse over a 15 year period.
Senior McKean County Judge John Cleland has kept the trial on the schedule he laid out earlier. Court is over for the day, and neither side has indicated it will call rebuttal witnesses. The judge said that he will charge the jury tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m. and then the defense and prosecution will present their closings.
Earlier this morning, a doctor who spoke with Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary shortly after he happened upon an alleged sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky on a boy in a locker room said Mr. McQueary spoke only of hearing the assault, not seeing it.
Jonathan Dranov, who was called to the house of Mr. McQueary's father on a February night in 2001, said he arrived to find Mr. McQueary "visibly shaken and upset."
"He had gone into the Penn State football locker room to put away sneakers he had just purchased and he heard what he described as sexual sounds" coming from the shower, Dr. Dranov said. "I asked him what he meant and he got more upset."
According to the doctor, Mr. McQueary reported seeing a young boy peer out from around a corner. Then "an arm reached around and pulled him back."
A bit later, Mr. McQueary saw the boy and Mr. Sandusky emerge from the shower, Dr. Dranov testified.
"Did he describe seeing any particular sex act," defense lawyer Karl Rominger asked.
"No," Dr. Dranov replied.
The defense called the doctor as its 25th witness this morning as Mr. Sandusky's trial entered its seventh day. Mr. Sandusky, 68, former Penn State assistant football coach, is charged with 51 counts of sex abuse involving 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Dr. Dranov's testimony was offered in an effort to cast doubt on Mr. McQueary's earlier testimony that he had "three distinguishable looks" at the assault.
Juror 6 was excused for illness this morning, and was replaced by an alternate juror.
Jon Schmitz: firstname.lastname@example.org First Published June 20, 2012 10:15 AM