Penn State University says it has found no record that Mike McQueary filed a police report with campus police after seeing former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy in a shower in the football building.
Responding to an email from McQueary obtained by The Morning Call, Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Wednesday that until this week she had not heard of the former graduate assistant's claims that he stopped Sandusky and contacted police.
"Since hearing of the news reports relating to Mike McQueary, we are looking into the matter," Powers said in a statement. "Right now, we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary. This is the first we have heard of it."
In the email to a friend, McQueary wrote he "did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police" following the alleged incident involving Sandusky, a longtime Penn State assistant coach, and a boy. McQueary also wrote he "is getting hammered for handling this the right way or what I thought at the time was right."
"I had to make tough impacting quick decisions," wrote McQueary, now an assistant coach put on administrative leave.
Attempts to contact McQueary on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
State College Police Chief Tom King said his department never received a report from McQueary, and wouldn't have. The university police department is fully accredited and would have jurisdiction.
"There'd be no reason to come to us," King said. "Any time we do get a call, we immediately refer it to Penn State police."
So far, only one person has contacted State College police with information on Sandusky, and officers forwarded the message to state police, who are handling the investigation, King said. University police referred all inquiries to Powers.
According to a grand jury report by the state attorney general's office, a graduate assistant later identified as McQueary said he saw a boy "being subjected to anal intercourse" by a naked Sandusky in a shower at the Louis E. Lasch Football Building in March 2002. The graduate assistant left immediately and called his father, according to the report. His father told him to leave the building and come to his home, the report says.
In the email obtained by The Morning Call, dated Nov. 8, McQueary said, "I did stop it, not physically, but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room."
McQueary's father, John McQueary, declined to comment Wednesday afternoon, saying he's been instructed by the attorney general's office not to talk.
Police say Sandusky abused eight boys over 15 years, promising them gifts but molesting them in his Centre County home and Penn State showers, among other locations. He was arrested Nov. 5, sparking a firestorm in State College that has forced the resignation of Penn State President Graham Spanier, the firing of Joe Paterno and the benching of McQueary.
Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, who had oversight of the police department, and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley also face charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse. The grand jury concluded they lied under oath, downplaying their recollections of Sandusky's alleged 2002 conduct in testimony.
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