Sandusky Witness Changed His Story: Insider

Mike McQueary's account at core of Penn State case
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2011 7:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2011 7:58 AM CST
This Oct. 8, 2011, file photo shows Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.   (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

(Newser) – The witness whose account of the now-infamous shower encounter sits at the center of the Penn State child abuse case has changed his story over the years, according to the Patriot-News. Much of the case against Jerry Sandusky hinges on former assistant coach Mike McQueary's report that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the showers in 2002. But in grand jury testimony, McQueary family friend Dr. Jonathan Dranov says that just after the alleged incident, McQueary explained the situation in less certain terms, an insider says.

Dranov was at McQueary's father's home when the then-28-year-old showed up looking for advice: According to the source, McQueary said that he had heard "sex sounds" and saw a boy look out of the shower before being pulled back by an adult arm; within seconds, a towel-clad Sandusky exited the shower. The source says Dranov testified that McQueary three times told him he had not seen any sexual contact; Dranov thus advised McQueary to tell Joe Paterno about the incident rather than police. That account doesn't match McQueary's own grand jury testimony, which is the basis for the perjury case against two Penn State officials. It also casts new light on Joe Paterno's assertion that he was never told explicit details of a rape, notes ESPN. (Meanwhile, more child abuse allegations are emerging among other sporting officials.)

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