By Mark Wogenrich and Andrew McGill, Of The Morning Call
10:28 PM CST, November 15, 2011
Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant football coach under fire for his reported lack of action in an alleged 2002 rape of a boy by Jerry Sandusky, said in an email to a former classmate that he stopped the assault in an athletic facility shower and discussed it with police.
In the email obtained by The Morning Call, McQueary wrote that he "did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police" following the alleged incident involving Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant coach, and a boy. McQueary also wrote that 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," McQueary wrote.
In a brief interview with CBS News on Tuesday, McQueary said he could not discuss specifics but described his emotions as "all over the place."
"Just kind of shaken. Crazy," McQueary said. "Like a snow globe."
McQueary has been criticized widely for not going directly to police to report the alleged abuse. In an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," Gov. Tom Corbett said McQueary met "the minimum obligation" in reporting the incident to his superiors, including former head coach Joe Paterno, but did not "meet a moral obligation that all of us would have."
According to the grand jury report, a graduate assistant later identified as McQueary said he saw a boy, whose age he estimated at 10 years old, "being subjected to anal intercourse" by a naked Sandusky in a shower at the Penn State football building in March 2002. The graduate assistant left "immediately," was "distraught" and called his father, according to the presentment. His father told him to leave the building and come to his home, the presentment 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."
"No one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds," McQueary wrote. "Trust me."
Asked about McQueary's statement in the email that he had discussions with police, Penn State police told The Morning Call they were deferring to the university public relations office, which did not return a call Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police in Harrisburg, who are heading the investigation, did not return a call.
McQueary, whose CBS appearance was his first interview since the grand jury report was released, declined to be interviewed by The Morning Call. He was placed on administrative leave last week after Penn State officials said he had received threats.
A call left for McQueary's lawyer was not returned. State College police did not return a call for comment.
The email obtained by The Morning Call is the second to surface from McQueary in which he claims the facts of his involvement are distorted. NBC News reported Monday night that McQueary emailed friends and former teammates, telling them, "I did the right thing … you guys know me … the truth is not out there fully … I didn't just turn and run … I made sure it stopped … I had to make quick tough decisions."
This new email obtained by The Morning Call, however, is the first in which McQueary says he had discussions with police. It also offers more detail about the alleged shower incident than was disclosed in the grand jury report.
Asked whether there is a file on McQueary's alleged report to the university police in 2002, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said he could not discuss matters that might still be before the grand jury.
"Any evidence that might still be before the grand jury remains under seal," said the spokesman, Nils Frederiksen.
On Tuesday morning, Joseph Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, told NBC's "Today Show" he believes he has identified the alleged victim in the 2002 incident. Amendola added that the alleged victim, "if we have found him," is telling "a very different story."
"He's saying it never happened," Amendola said in the interview.
According to the grand jury report, McQueary spoke with Paterno the day after the alleged incident and later met with athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business. Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury and failure to report abuse allegations. Curley was placed on administrative leave, and Schultz, who oversaw university police, returned to retirement.
Penn State's board of trustees fired Paterno, and university President Graham Spanier resigned last week.
Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children and is free on $100,000 bail.
Reporter Peter Hall contributed to this story.
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