Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Penn State: McQueary Changes Story, Credibility at Issue

Mike McQueary told a friend from Penn State that he stopped an alleged assault by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on a 10-year-old boy in 2002 and went to the police about it, reported The Associated Press.

In the email dated November 8 from McQueary’s Penn State account and made available to The Associated Press by his friend, the assistant coach writes that he stopped the sexual assault and discussed it with police afterward.

The email, if authentic, seems to contradict McQueary's grand jury testimony.  McQueary testified, according to the grand jury presentment, that he observed Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the shower of the football locker room.  "The graduate assistant (McQeary) was shocked but noticed that both victim 2 (the boy) and Sandusky saw him.  The graduate assistant left immediately distraught."

McQueary then testified that he called his father, went to his father's home and the following morning went to Head Coach Joe Paterno's home to report the incident. 

He never told the grand jury that he stopped the assault nor did he tell the grand jury that he spoke with the police.  In fact, the presentment is very specific, "the records reveal that the 2002 incident (shower assault witnessed by McQeary) was never reported to any official," police or child protective service agency.

McQueary's apparent revised version of the incident could have profound impact on the perjury charges against former Athletic Director Tim Curly and former University Vice-President Gary Schultz.  Their perjury charges are based on the grand jury finding McQueary to be "extremely credible."  Now that credibility is at issue. 

Did McQueary omit pertinent facts from his testimony before the grand jury?  Did he intentionally mislead the grand jury?  Could it be that McQueary was so embarrassed by his epic failure to stop the rape of a 10-year-old boy that he would lie to his friends to save some face.  One way or the other, if the email is authentic, McQueary's credibility has taken a hit and so has the prosecution's case against Curley and Schultz. 

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