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Jerry Sandusky trial: Sandusky won't testify, defense rests

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Dr. Jonathan Dranov, a family friend of Mike McQueary, said he spoke to McQueary the night McQueary claimed to have seen Sandusky engaging in a sex act with a boy of about 10.

Dranov testified that McQueary described hearing "sexual sounds" and seeing a boy in the shower and an arm reach around him and pull him out of view.

McQueary said he made eye-contact with the boy and Sandusky later emerged from the showers, Dranov said. That account differs from what McQueary told a grand jury that investigated Sandusky and what he told jurors last week.

McQueary testified he saw Sandusky pressing a boy up against the wall inside the shower, and that he had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex. McQueary's report to his superiors - and Penn State officials' failure to go to outside law enforcement - is what ultimately led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno.

Dranov told the jury that McQueary didn't provide him with a graphic description of what he saw, but described hearing sounds he considered sexual in nature.

"It just seemed to make him upset so I backed off that," Dranov said. When prosecutors asked Dranov to describe McQueary's demeanor, he said the former Penn State starting quarterback was clearly upset.

"His voice was trembling. His hands were shaking. He was visibly shaken," Dranov said.

McQueary had testified earlier in the trial that he wasn't "over-descriptive" in his conversation with Dranov, saying he told the doctor that what he saw was sexual, wrong and perverse.

The morning also featured testimony from more defense character witnesses, including a couple of participants in Sandusky's youth charity, The Second Mile.

Prosecutors allege that Sandusky met his alleged victims through The Second Mile, which once was lauded for its efforts to help at-risk children but now appears headed for closure as a result of the scandal.

One of the former Second Mile participants, David Hilton, said he felt like investigators were trying to coach him into accusing Sandusky. "When it got to the second or third time I felt like they wanted me to say something that isn't true," he said.

The defense has sought to portray investigators as planting the seeds for accusations against Sandusky by sharing details of other alleged victims' claims.

The defense rested after calling 28 witnesses. Before the start of testimony Wednesday, a female juror was excused for an illness and replaced by an alternate, also a woman.

At the close of the court session, Sandusky attorney Karl Rominger asked Judge John Cleland to dismiss five counts related to so-called Victim 10, a boy never identified by investigators.

A Penn State janitor reportedly told co-workers he saw the boy being molested by Sandusky in a football team shower. The janitor was not medically competent to testify, but a co-worker took the stand to describe what the man told him.

Rominger argued that those charges should be dismissed because there was no evidence to back up the alleged offense date listed in a court document known as the bill of particulars.

Prosecutor Frank Fina said the relevant document was not the bill of particulars, but rather the "criminal information," and Cleland allowed him to submit a written response before he would rule on the matter.

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