Star Witness McQueary Sues Penn State
Whistleblower suit says school ruined him over Sandusky case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2012 6:19 PM CDT
In this Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary arrives on the Penn State campus for the funeral of Joe Paterno.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

(Newser) – Mike McQueary is suing Penn State for $4 million over the way he says he was treated in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The former assistant football coach says in his whistleblower suit that the university fired him for cooperating with authorities and cast doubt on his credibility by publicly supporting two school officials he singled out for a failure to act. McQueary reported seeing Sandusky in the shower with a boy about 10 years ago, but nothing came of it. McQueary, of course, has plenty of critics who say he himself should have done more at the time.

The former coach made about $140,000 a year working for the late Joe Paterno, but he wasn't interviewed for a position on the team this year. He wants $4 million to cover the amount he would have made had he remained at the university his entire career. He says the university has caused him "much distress, anxiety and embarrassment" since Sandusky's November arrest. Meanwhile, Sandusky's sentencing is scheduled to take place next Tuesday, reports the Centre Daily Times.

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Oct 3, 2012 9:37 AM CDT
I hope Penn state loses, just so Penn state is penalized and knows that treating whistle blowers like that is wrong and so it won't affect others decisions in considering to come forward in cases like these. Hear me out...... McQueary did cooperate (too little too late) and should not be punished for that, BUT he should not get the money. It should go to a victims fund. McQueary should not be compensated for finally doing the right thing or for waiting so long to come forward. All of his loss along with the horrific treatment of many young men, could have be avoided if he would have only made a phone call to the real police years ago. So yes, find Penn state guilty of acting against whistle blowers, but make them pay restitution to a victims fund and not the guy who took way to long to finally cooperate after being coerced by the fact it was either cooperate or become a defendant. McQueary should count the fact he is not on trial as a blessing and move on.
Oct 3, 2012 6:32 AM CDT
CRAP !! What am I missing here ? This POS should be tried as an "accessory after the fact" for not having acted at the time. Simple as that. To be convicted of an accessory charge, the accused must generally be proved to have had actual knowledge that a crime was going to be, or had been, committed. Furthermore, there must be proof that the accessory knew that his or her action, or inaction, was helping the criminals commit the crime, or evade detection, or escape. A person who unknowingly houses a person who has just committed a crime, for instance, may not be charged with an accessory offense because they did not have knowledge of the crime. This is UK law, but the US definition of aiding and abetting must cover this too, surely. Any lawyers out there to help clarify please. And you can call me................Mr Joshua
Oct 3, 2012 6:09 AM CDT
I am unsure as to how much he has to pay his lawyers... but McQueary doesn't deserve 4 million dollars because he was treated badly. Money machine.