McQueary Repairs Image, Hurts Sandusky
Published: June 13, 2012
McQueary Repairs Image, Hurts Sandusky, The ex-colleague who walked in on the defendant and a child recounts that day, and his regrets. For a little over seven months Mike McQueary sat silent, trusting a legal system to let the facts play out in a case where he never has been, and never will be, accused of wrongdoing.The fallout from trying to report Jerry Sandusky of S-EX-ual molestation in 2001 has cost him his dream job as a Penn State assistant football coach, caused him to be raked over the coals in the media and have every fiber of his ethical being questioned in his hometown of State College, Pa., and beyond.
Mike McQueary testified about the 2001 incident that made him a central figure in the case. (Reuters) Tuesday, on the second floor of Centre County Courthouse, he finally spoke publicly, under oath and in front of Sandusky, the man he stumbled upon showering and, McQueary alleges, S-EX-ually assaulting a boy in the Penn State locker room late one February night over a decade ago.
It came just as stories continue to break that the state attorney general is in possession of emails between some of the men McQueary told about the incident: Penn State’s president, vice president and athletic director.
According to NBC, those emails not only show McQueary was clear in his reporting of the incident (the Penn State officials originally insinuated he wasn’t) but that the officials made the potentially criminal decision to not turn the information over to social services or law enforcement in an effort to be “humane” to Sandusky.
That’s what McQueary was unknowingly dealing with: a bankrupt culture he should’ve never trusted.
And that’s what made Tuesday the time for McQueary to step out of the cloud of condemnation that’s followed him since Sandusky was indicted last November for molesting 10 boys over 15 years. Sandusky maintains his innocence. His trial began here Monday.
Let’s be clear on one thing: Mike McQueary could have done more that night he found Sandusky in, what McQueary calls, an “extreme S-EX-ual position” with a boy in the showers.
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