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Jerry Sandusky Trial: "Victim 6" testifies about "icky" shower encounter

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/Gene J. Puskar

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial Monday, June 11, 2012
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
(CBS/AP) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A 25-year-old man whose 1998 encounter with Jerry Sandusky was investigated but resulted in no charges told jurors Thursday that the former Penn State assistant football coach "bear-hugged" him in a locker-room shower.

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Like all the other alleged victims who have testified in the trial, the witness, known as "Victim 6," says he met Sandusky through his charity, "The Second Mile."

He testified that Sandusky brought him to the PSU gym to work out and that the two practiced wrestling moves.

"I felt uncomfortable with it, but it was Jerry Sandusky so I didn't want to make him move," he testified.

Soon, he testified, Sandusky said it was time to shower. He said the former coach put soap on his back and shoulders after a workout then lifted him up chest-to-chest to rinse his hair. 

"I was putting soap on my body and he said, 'Let me help you with your back where you cant reach,'" he testified. "At that point, it just was escalating the uncomfortableness but I was just trying to not make him feel that I was feeling a bit awkward about it."

He called the encounter "icky" and "awkward," but admitted that he maintained ties to Sandusky after the incident. He texted him on Father's Day, got tickets to PSU football games, borrowed his car, and even went on a "mission trip to Mexico."

The man said he blacked out at the time of the encounter, when he was 11 years old, and that his "perception changed thinking about it as an adult as opposed to an 11-year-old that was inappropriate what had happened."

"I feel violated," he told the court.

Penn State police investigated after the boy's mother became suspicious when he returned home with wet hair but authorities ultimately decided not to bring charges.

On cross-examination, the man testified that he could recall no further sexual contact with the coach.

After Victim 6 testified, the prosecution called Ronald Schreffler, a former detective for the PSU police department, to the stand. Schreffler testified that he took Victim 6's mother's complaint about the shower incident in 1998 and said that he had eavesdropped on two conversations between Sandusky and the boy's mother.

Schreffler said he heard Sandusky tell the mother, "I wish I could ask for forgiveness. I know I will not get it from you. I wish I were dead."

The trial is in its fourth day and jurors have heard from young men who claim Sandusky had inappropriate contact with them, sometimes at his State College home or in the showers of a Penn State campus locker room.

Sandusky has denied all charges against him involving 10 alleged victims.

Additional reporting by CBS News' Paula Reid in Bellefonte, Pa.

Complete coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial on CBSNews.com


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