It’s aaaalll coming out!:
Former Penn State star quarterback and now star witness Mike McQueary testified Friday that he told university officials he saw Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker-room shower in 2002, saying it was “extremely sexual in nature.”
McQueary said he met with Tim Curley, then Penn State’s athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a university vice president who oversaw campus police, to inform them about the alleged incident about nine days after first alerting head coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a longtime Penn State assistant football coach, has since been accused of more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with 10 boys since 1994. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, while denying any sexual activity with his accusers. Regarding the 2002 incident in the showers, he has said that he and the boy were just “horsing around.”
Curley and Schultz are charged with lying about what McQueary described to them. McQueary was the first witness in a hearing Friday to decide if there’s enough evidence to warrant putting Curley and Schultz on trial on charges of perjury and failing to report suspected child sexual abuse.
Their fate may hinge on what McQueary, now 38, saw on March 1, 2002 — as well as what he told others about it.
Caroline Roberto and Tom Farrell, the Pittsburgh-based attorneys representing Curley and Schultz, said in a statement this week their clients are eager “to start the process of clearing their good names and demonstrating that they testified truthfully to the grand jury.” McQueary testified Friday that he walked into a locker room and heard someone in the shower.
He said he heard rhythmic, slapping sounds, like that of skin on skin.
“I looked in the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry with a boy in the shower,” McQueary told the court.
He said Sandusky was behind the boy and the boy was up against a wall. He said he believes Sandusky was sexually molesting the boy but he did not see insertion and did not hear protests. He said he believes the two were engaged in intercourse but he cannot be sure.
“They were as close as they could be,” he said.
McQueary said he looked away for a few moments, and when he took a closer look, the two were standing apart.
“They had turned so their bodies were both facing me. … They looked directly in my eyes,” he said. “Seeing that they were separated, I thought it was best that I leave the locker room.”
He added that he felt “shocked” and “horrified” afterward.
“I was not thinking straight,” he said, adding that he was “sure (the incident) was over” when he left.
But McQueary acknowledged he doesn’t know what happened after leaving. He testified that he also never tried to find the boy.
McQueary, then a graduate assistant, said he called Paterno — who was later fired in the wake of the scandal — the morning after, telling him that he “saw Jerry with a young boy in the shower and it was extremely sexual in nature and I thought I needed to tell him about it.”
McQueary testified that the former head coach was “shocked” and “saddened” upon hearing the allegation.
“He said, ‘I need to think and tell some people about it.’ “
But McQueary didn’t meet with university officials to explain what he saw until more than a week after first informing Paterno, he testified.
Paterno also allegedly never tried to find the boy, said McQueary, who he added he can’t be certain if he ever used the word “intercourse” when describing the alleged incident to the former head coach.
But McQueary added, “There’s no question in my mind that I conveyed to (university officials) that I saw Jerry with a boy in the shower and that it was severe sexual acts going on and that it was wrong and over the line.”
He further testified he did not alert police, saying that he instead told Curley and Schultz.
“In my mind, that is the police,” McQueary said. “I want to make that clear.”
When pressed about why he went to university officials and not police, McQueary said it was “because it was delicate in nature and I tried to use my best judgment.”
Sandusky, who was Penn State’s defensive coordinator when he retired in 1998, met his accusers through a youth charity he founded, the Second Mile. According to prosecutors, he would hug, tickle and wrestle with the boys before allegedly crossing the line and sexually abusing them.
In November, the summary of a grand jury report was released contending that Sandusky sexually abused the boys in the basement of his home, hotel rooms, a high school wrestling room and — based on McQueary’s account — the locker room for Penn State’s football team.