POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Opening statements of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial offered two diverging profiles.
The former Penn State assistant football coach was described by the prosecution as a serial predator and by his defense as a father figure who is being victimized.
Prosecutor Joe McGettigan showed photos of the eight known victims, each pictured as they were at the time of the alleged abuse, one by one painting a vivid picture of the young men and the abuse they allegedly suffered.
The first witness was 13 when he met Sandusky and described a relationship that began with showers and escalated into physical acts.
Publicly, the witness said Sandusky would act like his father, but when they were alone, "basically, like I was his girlfriend."
McGettigan warned the jury that these victims were very young at the time of the abuse and that their reactions were that of young children.
The prosecutor also mentioned that since it had been so long ago their recollection of the events might not be perfect.
Defense attorney Joe Amendola said his client admits to showering with young boys, but said that was simply part of the football culture, not a crime.
He pointed out that at least six of the accusers have their own civil attorneys and a financial interest in the outcome of this case.
Amendola went on to say Sandusky loves kids so much, he does things most of us would never dream of doing.