After firing head coach Joe Paterno, Penn State has decided to keep Mike McQueary on their coaching staff for the final home game of the season this Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
McQueary is the graduate assistant who witnessed Jerry Sandusky forcing sexual activity upon a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers in March of 2002.
The incident, as summarized by Detroit Free Press:
Victim 2: In March 2002, graduate assistant Mike McQueary walked into a locker room one Friday night and heard rhythmic slapping sounds. He looked into the shower and saw a boy of about 10, with his hands up against the wall. A naked Sandusky was having intercourse with him. The assistant left. The next day, he reported the incident to Paterno. On Sunday, Paterno told Penn State athletic director Tim Curley that McQueary had seen Sandusky “fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.” Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State’s senior vice president of finance and business, talked to McQueary about 10 days later. About two weeks later, Curley told McQueary that Sandusky’s keys to the locker room had been taken away. The grand jury said police and child welfare agencies were never notified, and the officials made no attempt to identify the boy.
The grand jury indictment, graphic and sexually explicit in nature, detailed exactly what the then 28-year-old McQueary did upon witnessing Sandusky with the boy:
The graduate assistant was shocked but noticed both Victim 2 and Sandusky saw him. The graduate assistant left immediately.
The graduate assistant went to his office and called his father, reporting to him what he had seen. His father told the graduate assistant to leave the building and come to his home. The graduate assistant and his father decided that the graduate assistant had to promptly report what he had seen to Coach Joe Paterno, head football coach of Penn State. The next morning, a Saturday, the graduate assistant telephoned Paterno and went to Paterno’s home, where he reported what he had seen.