Penn State Officials To Stand Trial
POSTED: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 10:23am
UPDATED: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 10:42am
Court hears graphic testimony in hearing for university officials accused of failing to report abuse.
A Pennsylvania court heart graphic testimony Friday as the main witness in the sexual abuse case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky took the stand in the pre-trial hearing of the two men many believe tried to cover up the abuse.
For the first time, Mike McQueary spoke publicly about allegations he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in a Penn State locker room shower in 2002.
In graphic detail and under oath McQueary, then a graduate assistant, says he first heard noises coming from the shower, then saw Sandusky standing behind a boy with his hands around his waist.
He testified while he wasn't 100 percent certain, he believed Sandusky was molesting the boy.
His testimony is key in the hearing for two Penn State university officials facing perjury charges.
Prosecutors say Tim Curley and Gary Schultz lied to the grand jury about what McQueary told them.
Legal experts say McQueary's testimony was convincing and damaging.
Schultz and Curley's lawyers maintain their clients were not told by McQueary about the sexual details.
McQueary's testimony may be contradicted by another grand jury witness and family friend who says on the night the alleged abuse occurred McQueary told him he only heard noises.
McQueary is also facing criticism he didn't do enough to stop the alleged abuse.
McQueary says he was shocked and distraught and turned to his father for advice, but did not go to police.
Instead, he met with head football coach Joe Paterno and testified he conveyed to Paterno what he saw.
In a written statement Paterno said McQueary told him he saw an older person fondling a young person, and identified the man as Sandusky.
Paterno told McQueary he would pass his concerns to the right people and testified he contacted Curley.