Friday, December 2, 2011

Sandusky :Penn State coach Mike McQueary's claims on sex abuse in shower conflict with grand jury report

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Penn State football team's wide receivers coach, cited by a grand jury report as saying that he saw an ex-assistant football coach sexually abusing a young boy in a campus locker room shower, said in an e-mail that he made sure the act was stopped and went to police -- contradicting the grand jury report.

Mike McQueary's comments, in an e-mail made available to the Associated Press on Tuesday, added confusion to a scandal that has enveloped the university and resulted in the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno, the ousting of president Graham Spanier and charges of perjury against the athletic director and a senior vice president.

McQueary told a friend from Penn State that he made sure the 2002 assault was stopped and that he went to the police about it. The friend made McQueary's e-mail, written Nov. 8, available to the AP on Tuesday.

McQueary, who is on administrative leave, wrote: "I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room. ... I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police. .... No one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds."

Added McQueary: "Do with this what you want ... I am getting hammered for handling this the right way ... or what I thought at the time was right."

According to the grand jury report, McQueary testified that he spoke to his father and then to Paterno before speaking to athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, who oversaw campus police. Paterno has not been charged with a crime, and prosecutors have said that he is not a target. Curley and Schultz are accused of breaking the law by not going to police and with lying to a grand jury. They maintain their innocence.

McQueary's actions also are being scrutinized, with some suggesting that he didn't do enough after seeing what he said was sexual abuse of a child.

McQueary's remarks to his friend came less than a day after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's admission that he showered with and "horsed around" with boys stunned legal observers. Sandusky's comments, they said, could be used by prosecutors trying to convict him of child sex-abuse charges.

Sandusky is charged with abusing eight boys over the span of 15 years. He said Monday that he is not a pedophile but should not have showered with boys. "I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact," he said on NBC News' "Rock Center." He added: "I am innocent of those charges."

His next court date is Dec. 7, when he is due for a preliminary hearing in which a judge would determine whether there's enough evidence for prosecutors to move forward.