Ex-coach calls ban from PSU fa­cil­i­ties ‘wrong’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Mark Scolforo

BELLE­FONTE >> The for­mer Penn State as­sis­tant foot­ball coach su­ing Penn State told ju­rors Fri­day he was an­gered when told he could not re­turn to team fa­cil­i­ties af­ter be­ing put on leave the week Jerry San­dusky was charged with child mo­lesta­tion.

Mike McQueary tes­ti­fied in the fifth day of trial in his law­suit, where he’s seek­ing more than $4 mil­lion in lost wages and other claims.

School of­fi­cials have tes­ti­fied that safety con­cerns prompted them to put McQueary on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave in Novem­ber 2011, and he never re­turned to the foot­ball pro­gram.

“They tell me, the guy who turned in a pe­dophile,” to stay away from team fa­cil­i­ties, he tes­ti­fied. “And they let him go around there for years af­ter they knew about it not once but twice. That gets me. That does not make sense to me. It’s wrong.”

McQueary says he saw San­dusky sex­u­ally abus­ing a boy in a team shower in 2001 and re­ported it to then-head coach Joe Paterno and two ad­min­is­tra­tors. An­other com­plaint was in­ves­ti­gated in 1998 but pro­duced no charges un­til au­thor­i­ties took a new look at the case start­ing in 2009.

His tes­ti­mony helped con­vict San­dusky of 45 counts of child sex­ual abuse in 2012, but he has not been able to find a job.

McQueary told ju­rors he got a sense his sta­tus with the pro­gram was in trou­ble in the days af­ter San­dusky was charged with mo­lesta­tion and two high-rank­ing school of­fi­cials were charged with per­jury and fail­ing to prop­erly re­port sus­pected child abuse.

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