Email brings new twist to Penn State case

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - (AP) - A former Penn State graduate assistantcited by a grand jury report as claiming he saw an ex-assistantfootball coach sexually abusing a young boy in a campus locker roomshower says in an email he made sure the act was stopped and thenwent to police - contradicting what the report says.

Mike McQueary's comments, in an email made available to TheAssociated Press on Tuesday, appeared to add more confusion to ascandal that has enveloped the university and resulted in thefiring of head coach Joe Paterno, the ousting of president GrahamSpanier and charges of perjury against the athletic director and asenior vice president.McQueary, now the football team's wide receivers coach, told afriend from Penn State that he made sure the 2002 shower assault hewitnessed was stopped and went to the police about it. The friendmade McQueary's email, written Nov. 8, available to the AP onTuesday on the condition he not be identified.

McQueary, who has been placed on administrative leave and didnot coach in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Nebraska, wrote: "I did stopit, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I leftthat locker room ... I did have discussions with police and withthe official at the university in charge of police .... no one canimagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45seconds ... trust me."Added McQueary: "Do with this what you want ... but I amgetting hammered for handling this the right way ... or what Ithought at the time was right ... I had to make tough impactingquick decisions."According to the grand jury report, McQueary testified he spoketo his father and then to Paterno before speaking to athleticdirector Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, whooversaw campus police. Paterno has not been charged with any crime,and state prosecutors have said he is not a target. Curley andSchultz are accused of breaking the law by not going to police butmaintain their innocence.McQueary's actions also have been scrutinized, with some criticssuggesting he didn't do enough after witnessing what he said wasthe sexual abuse of a child. Emails to McQueary from the AP werenot immediately answered Tuesday.McQueary's remarks in the email to his friend came less than aday after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's admission that heshowered with and "horsed around" with boys stunned legalobservers. Sandusky's comments, they said, could be used byprosecutors trying to convict him of child sex abuse charges.News 12 Sports Central

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