Key Sandusky Witness Allegedly Changed His Story Multiple Times

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It's already unclear what exactly Penn State coaching assistant Mike McQueary saw when he walked in on former coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy in a locker room shower in 2002, and now yet another version of events has emerged. Supposedly, a family friend was present when McQueary went to his father to ask what he should do, and he's testified that McQueary didn't even see a boy being abused.

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Dr. Jonathan Dranov was meeting with McQueary's father when the then 28-year-old graduate assistant first shared his story. In both McQueary's written statement for investigators and his grand jury testimony, he says he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy with his hands against a shower wall. However, The Patriot-News reports that a source familiar with Dranov's testimony says that McQueary told the two men a different story:

McQueary heard "sex sounds" and the shower running, and a young boy stuck his head around the corner of the shower stall, peering at McQueary as an adult arm reached around his waist and pulled him back out of view. Seconds later, Sandusky left the shower in a towel.

Dranov says he asked McQueary several times if he actually saw anything sexual, and because he only heard a strange noise, the older men told him to go to his bosses instead of the police.

Since McQueary's testimony is what led to former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz being charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to report child abuse, their lawyers say that if there are inconsistencies in McQueary's story the charges should be dropped. McQueary has testified that he told both officials that Sandusky was raping a child, but like former head coach Joe Paterno, they say they only heard vague accusations about Sandusky's horseplay with children making people uncomfortable.

While Sandusky's defense team will definitely harp on the problems with the testimony about what McQueary saw, considering that he's facing more than 50 counts of child abuse from 10 alleged victims, dropping a few shouldn't make much of a difference. In a preliminary hearing tomorrow, at least five of the boys who say Sandusky molested them are expected to testify against him.

Another Version Of Mike McQueary's Story About Jerry Sandusky Surfaces [The Patriot-News]
Sandusky Scheduled To Face Several of His Accusers [NYT]

DISCUSSION

By
Pelirojita

When I was 22 I was the victim of physical (non-sexual) abuse by an employer. It was profoundly confusing. This woman (yes, my attacker was a woman) had a ton of power both at my place of employment but also in the larger community. I did not know what to do in the wake of her abuse. I asked older, seasoned professionals for advice and they encouraged me to see it for what it was and I ultimately confronted her. She was unapologetic to say the least and I had to make a tough choice whether to stay on in my position disregarding what had happened (it was an incredible opportunity) or quit. It never crossed my mind to press charges. I had a sense that my predicament didn't relate to the outside world. That what happened in our workplace was a secret and that my bringing any concerns to authorities could ruin me in any future work in our industry (entertainment industry.) I stayed just as long as that particular opportunity lasted and then got out of there.

There's a lot about my story that is profoundly different than McQueary's. The abuse happened to me and not to a child. In fact, I was often able to better identify my boss's abuse (usually verbal) when it was targeted at others in our workplace. I often felt MORE compelled to act when I saw it happening to others. When it happened to me I sometimes convinced myself that I deserved it. When it happened to others it was clear to me that they did not deserve it. So that part of this story confuses me. I'd like to believe I would have acted in a child's interest if I thought he was being harmed.

But I tell this story because I feel for and understand a man who is raised in a specific community to believe in a specific leader, and when that leader did something objectionable he was profoundly confused and sought help from older mentors. I did the same. Yes. We were both adults. Yes, on the face, both incidents to outsiders are unquestionably abuse. It didn't feel that way in the moment. In fact, there were two other young adults standing by as I was abused who are good people and walked away from the incident feeling primarily confused. I do not blame them.

Setting all of that aside. The number of times McQueary's testimony has changed even without this latest report is concerning. It is clear that Sandusky is a bad bad man who should be sent away for the foreseeable future. What Paterno and Spanier knew is debatable, but they still had to step down.

Oh - also, I'm an outspoken woman and quick to defend others and share my opinion on all kinds of things. I took self defense classes (at Penn State, actually.) I have never had an abusive romantic relationship. I was raised in a largely healthy home. I am the kind of feminist many people would call strident and I'm proud of it. My response to the abuse I suffered confounds me. I can only believe that I had bought into the culture of the place and the leader so completely that I couldn't recognize it for what it was. It is possible to be so deep inside of something rotten that you can't see your way clearly to the light. This may have happened to McQueary. Thankfully, with me, the only person I believe was hurt was me. On the other hand although my abuser is now retired, it's highly possible she went on to abuse many more young artists. Sigh.