Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and assistant football coach who was a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case, told a group of Nittany Lions players in November 2011 that he had been sexually abused as a boy, reported ESPN on Tuesday.
Citing unnamed sources, Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN The Magazine reported that McQueary made this revelation to a group of Penn State players on Nov. 9, 2011, just days after Sandusky was arrested. An account of the alleged disclosure is contained in a forthcoming profile of McQueary titled "The Whistleblower's Last Stand." According to the ESPN report, McQueary did not tell the players who committed the abuse or when it occurred.
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At the time of Sandusky's arrest, a grand jury presentment revealed that a graduate assistant, later identified as McQueary, claimed he had seen the former Penn State defensive coordinator sexually assaulting a young boy in a shower on campus several years earlier. McQueary reported the incident to longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The head coach then told school administrators. With McQueary testifying at the trial in June 2012, Sandusky would be convicted of 45 of 48 criminal counts related to the alleged assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
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McQueary remains embroiled in his own legal battle with Penn State. He was placed on administrative leave days after the meeting described by ESPN. He later filed a $4 million whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State after his contract was not renewed following the 2011 season. The 39-year-old is also expected to be a key prosecution witness in the upcoming trial of three former Penn State administrators accused of a cover-up in the Sandusky scandal.