McQueary: “I thought I was talking to the head of the police”

December 16, 2011

B1G Blotter, Jerry Sandusky

A judge ruled today that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz can stand trial for allegedly lying to a grand jury in connection with the Gary Sandusky case.

Mike McQueary testified at the hearing this morning about what he saw in the showers at the Penn State football facility that day in 2002. You can click here to read the details, but here’s the part on Joe Paterno and other university officials:

He said he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he’d seen, saying he wouldn’t have used terms like sodomy or anal intercourse out of respect for the longtime coach.

He said Paterno told him he’d “done the right thing” by reporting what he saw. The head coach appeared shocked and saddened and slumped back in his chair, McQueary said.

Paterno told McQueary he would talk to others about what he’d reported.

Nine or 10 days later, McQueary said he met with Curley and Shultz and told them he’d seen Sandusky and a boy, both naked, in the shower after hearing skin on skin slapping sounds.

“I told them that I saw Jerry in the showers with a young boy and that what I had seen was extremely sexual and over the lines and it was wrong,” McQueary said. “I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on.”

McQueary said he was left with the impression both men took his report seriously. When asked why he didn’t go to police, he referenced Shultz’s position as a vice president at the university who had overseen the campus police

“I thought I was talking to the head of the police, to be frank with you,” he said. “In my mind it was like speaking to a (district attorney). It was someone who police reported to and would know what to do with it.”

Nine or 10 days – which turned into nine or 10 years. Well done, guys.

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