STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A former Penn State graduate assistant cited by a grand jury report as claiming he saw an ex-assistant football coach sexually abusing a young boy in a campus locker room shower says in an email that he made sure the act was stopped and then went to police — contradicting what the report says.
Mike McQueary's comments, in an email made available to the Associated Press on Tuesday, appeared to add more confusion to a scandal that has enveloped the university and resulted in the firing of head coach Joe Paterno, the ousting of president Graham Spanier and charges of perjury against the athletic director and a senior vice president.
McQueary told a friend from Penn State that he made sure the 2002 shower assault was stopped and then went to the police about it. The friend made McQueary's email, written Nov. 8, available to the AP on Tuesday on the condition that he not be identified.
McQueary, who has been placed on administrative leave and did not coach in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Nebraska, wrote: "I did stop it, not physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room … I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police … no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds … trust me. Do with this what you want … but I am getting hammered for handling this the right way … or what I thought at the time was right … I had to make tough impacting quick decisions."
According to the grand jury report, McQueary testified he spoke to his father and to Paterno before speaking to athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, who oversaw campus police.
McQueary's remarks came less than a day after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's admission to NBC's Bob Costas that he showered with and "horsed around" with boys stunned legal observers.
• Also Tuesday, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., asked for a hearing into how federal laws apply to the investigation of the child sex-abuse case at Penn State. In a letter, Casey called for a hearing in a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He said he wanted to see how well federal laws protect children and to ensure that provisions for reporting suspected cases are in place.
• Ousted university president Spanier has resigned from the board at U.S. Steel, and the Department of Defense has accepted his resignation from the board of advisers of the Naval Postgraduate School.
• The AP reported that Paterno is in line to receive a pension of about $554,000, although he has not officially retired yet.