Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who is facing scrutiny for a supposed lack of action in the alleged rape of a minor by former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, told a former classmate via e-mail that he had stopped the sexual assault and reported what he witnessed to police.
The Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call obtained the e-mail and reported on Wednesday that McQueary wrote that he “did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police.” McQueary also said he was “getting hammered for handling this the right way or what I thought at the time was right.”
According to a grand jury report in the case, McQueary allegedly caught Sandusky assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a shower at a Penn State athletic facility. The report says he left immediately and called his father, who told him to go home. In the e-mail, McQueary said he did not stop the assault “physically” but “made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room.”
Police have not yet released a statement or commented on the e-mail. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office declined to discuss the matter because it may still be before the grand jury, the Morning Call said. McQueary told CBS News that he could not discuss the specifics of the case. He was placed on administrative leave by the university after receiving threats.
Sandusky remains free on $100,000 bail and stands charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children. Head coach Joe Paterno was fired on Nov. 9, along with Penn State president Graham Spanier.