STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 4 (UPI) -- A former assistant football coach at Penn State reportedly revealed to a group of Nittany Lions players that he could relate to what Jerry Sandusky's victims went through because he was sexually abused as a boy.
Mike McQueary, a key witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders, shared that revelation during a November 2011 meeting with Penn State receivers, sources told ESPN The Magazine. McQueary did not reveal who had abused him.
The former Penn State assistant is expected to testify at the criminal trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz.
During Sandusky’s sexual abuse trial, prosecutors revealed McQueary had seen the retired Penn State defensive coordinator and a young boy engaged in "anal intercourse" in the Lasch Football Building on campus. Sandusky is serving at least 30 years in state prison after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012.
McQueary, 39, declined to comment about the incident to the magazine and instead chose to speak about the late Joe Paterno.
"I love that man more than you can ever possibly say," McQueary said. "He's an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn't handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him."
After he wasn’t re-hired when his contract expired in 2012, McQueary filed a $4 million lawsuit alleging that Penn State discriminated against him for providing testimony about what he had seen.