Ex-Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified that late former head coach Joe Paterno criticized the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, including McQueary’s eye-witness account of a 2001 assault.
McQueary testified today in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, state court that he told school officials he saw Sandusky, a former football coach, abusing a boy in a locker room shower. Paterno criticized the school’s response in later years and cautioned McQueary to seek legal counsel, McQueary said.
“The university can come down hard on you,” McQueary testified he recalled Paterno saying in November 2011. “They’re going to try to scapegoat you. Make sure you have your lawyers.”
McQueary testified in a hearing over charges against ex-university President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Timothy Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz for their roles in allegedly covering up Sandusky’s crimes.
The hearing in state court comes more than a year after Sandusky, a former football defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 criminal counts tied to the sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. He was sentenced in October to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
The charges against the school officials followed a July 2012 report commissioned by the university and prepared by Louis Freeh, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators concluded that Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz hid critical facts about Sandusky’s abuse. Paterno, who died in January 2012, was never charged with a crime.
Spanier was charged in November 2012. Curley and Schultz were initially charged a year earlier. Additional charges were added last year. All three men have denied the claims.
McQueary, who was terminated from Penn State in July 2012, is suing the university over claims his cooperation in the case against Sandusky led to his firing.
The cases are Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Spanier, MJ-12303-CR-0000419-2012, Magisterial District Judge 12-3-03; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Curley, CP-22-MD-1385-2012, Common Pleas Court of Dauphin County; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Schultz, CP-22-MD-1386-2012, Common Pleas Court of Dauphin County (Harrisburg).
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