Report: Ex-Penn State assistant Mike McQueary said he was victim of child abuse

Tuesday March 4th, 2014

Mike McQueary played QB for Joe Paterno before becoming his top assistant. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images) Mike McQueary played quarterback for Penn State before becoming an assistant coach. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

A new report from ESPN The Magazine's Don Van Natta Jr. claims that former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told a group of players that he was abused as a child. McQueary reportedly made this statement shortly after Jerry Sandusky was indicted on charges of sexual abuse. Sandusky was convicted in June 2012.

Players told ESPN The Magazine that McQueary said that he empathized with Sandusky's victims because he had also been abused as a child. The revelations are included in an upcoming ESPN The Magazine profile of McQueary, an important witness in the upcoming trial of three former Penn State officials.

From the report:

Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in a campus shower a decade earlier because he was abused as a boy, according to two players who attended the meeting and four others with knowledge of it. McQueary did not tell the players who had abused him or when or how long the abuse had occurred, the sources said.

McQueary's meeting with Penn State receivers was held on Nov. 9, 2011, just three days after prosecutors revealed, in a 23-page presentment, that McQueary had seen Sandusky and a young boy engaged in "anal intercourse" in the Lasch Football Building on campus on Feb. 9, 2001.

McQueary and his lawyers chose not to comment for ESPN The Magazine's story, other than McQueary reiterating his support for former coach Joe Paterno.

McQueary has sued Penn State for $4 million due to alleged lost wages, as the former coach's contract was not renewed in 2012. The ESPN The Magazine story also discusses the ways in which defense lawyers plan to question McQueary's testimony, including allegations of inconsistencies in his statements about the alleged abuse he witnessed in 2001.

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