Jury picked for Sandusky trial
A jury of seven women and five men has been selected for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial in Bellefonte.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys picked nine jurors Tuesday and added three more plus four alternates (three women, one man) on Wednesday, for the trial of former assistant Penn State football coach.
All of the jurors were picked from the first two groups of 40 people that advanced past an initial introductory phase Tuesday. Judge John M. Cleland excused 17 people who said serving on the jury would be a hardship. Seven others were told to go home once the final alternate juror had been picked. At least eight of the main jurors and two alternates have ties to Penn State. They include graduates, professors and rabid football fans.
Sandusky has been charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse stemming from allegations from at least 10 boys over the last 20 years. His trial is scheduled to begin on Monday in Centre County.
No. 1: A married mother of two daughters. She works at a local Wal-Mart. She said she follows Penn State football but did not indicate any ties to the university.
No. 2: A 24-year-old man who said he plans to study automotives in the fall at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Penn State affiliate in Williamsport. He said his father has worked for Penn State for 30 years in the office of physical plant.
No. 3: A Penn State football season ticket holder since 1976. She is middle-aged and her husband is a doctor at Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, P.C., where potential prosecution witness John McQueary is the chief operating officer and administrative director. McQueary's son, former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, told investigators he saw what appeared to be Sandusky raping a prepubescent boy in a Penn State team shower more than a decade ago.
No. 4: An engineer. He and his wife have lived in State College for nine years. He is not employed by Penn State and is not a graduate of the university. He said he reached his "saturation level" for reading and hearing about Sandusky 2½ months ago and has not formed any opinions about the case.
No. 5: A physics and chemistry teacher at Bellefonte Area High School. He also teaches a summer program at Penn State. He is the father of three children, including boys ages 2 and 5. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in 2003 and a master's degree in 2008.
No. 6: A woman in her 20s who works for The Apartment Store, a property agent in State College. She said she knew little about the case and does not read newspapers or watch television news. She did not indicate any ties to Penn State, Sandusky or any of the potential witnesses in the case.
No. 7: A Penn State senior from Penns Valley. He wore a Penn State archery T-shirt to court and said he works at the university's Multisport Facility and had a cousin who played football there under former coach Joe Paterno. He said a potential prosecution witness, former Central Mountain High School football coach Steve Turchetta, once coached him in a local all-star football game. Turchetta alerted law enforcement in 2008 after the mother of a student there complained that Sandusky, a volunteer assistant coach, had sexually abused the boy. The man also said he has a friend of a friend who is the sister of one of Sandusky's accusers.
No. 8: A retired Penn State soil science professor. The man, in his late 60s or early 70s, taught at the university for 37 years. He said he was aware of news reports about the Sandusky case but thought he could keep an open mind. He said he did not know anybody on the list of potential witnesses.
No. 9: A retired school bus driver in her 70s from the Phillipsburg area. She drove for 17 years and saw her duty as protecting children. She said she could be fair. "I would have to hear everything from both sides in order to make my decision," she said.
No. 10: A mother of two and grandmother of four. She is in her 50s. She has worked at Penn State for 4½ years as an administrative assistant in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. She said she would prefer to hear both sides but could decide Sandusky's fate based on the prosecution's case alone.
No. 11: A dance instructor in a Penn State continuing education program. She is in her late 30s and has a 6-year-old son. Her husband works as a media consultant for the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State. She said she knows the superintendent of the Clinton County district where Central Mountain High School is located.
No. 12: A Penn State professor for 24 years. She is in her 50s and has sons ages 14 and 16. She said she had a professional relationship with the university's former president, Graham Spanier, and served for six years on a committee with him and the current president, Rodney Erickson.
No. 1: A 2007 graduate from Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. Sandusky spoke at her commencement. Her father also graduated from the university and they have gone to football games together all her life. She is not married.
No. 2: A middle-aged woman with no ties to Penn State. She is married but has no children. She said she infrequently read the newspaper and seldom watches television or accesses online news. "Quite honestly, I'm really bad about reading the newspaper," she said. "I usually take them to the recycling center still rolled up."
No. 3: A Penn State graduate, donor and diehard fan of the university's football team. He works in Reading during the week and lives in Centre County on the weekend. The man, in his late 50s or early 60s, said he read the grand jury presentment outlining charges against Sandusky when it was released last November but has not kept up with developments in the case since. His wife is the director of the Penn State Upward Bound program, which he said has no connection to Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile. Sandusky indicated to his attorneys that he wanted this man on the jury.
No. 4: A woman who recently returned to Centre County at age 63 after spending the first 19 years of her life there. She said she has no connections to Penn State and does not follow football. She said she learned about the concept of reasonable doubt from movies and television. During one-on-one questioning she cracked jokes with the judge and the attorneys, including one at the expense of the local newspaper. "We only get one," she said. "And I only believe about half of what I read in that one - and that's The Centre Daily Times."
Complied by staff writer Michael R. Sisak from pool reports by Mike Dawson of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Paula Ward of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peter Hall of the Morning Call in Allentown, Jeremy Roebuck of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Gary Sinderson of WJAC-TV.