Monday, October 9

Correcting the Record: Part 1: McQueary's 2001 Eye-witness Report

Most of the publics' knowledge of the Sandusky scandal was obtained from media reports that were based on lies propagated by government officials, the NCAA, and former FBI Director Louis Freeh.  There's so many lies out there that it will take a series of posts to debunk them all.

Ray Blehar

McQueary reported a rape to Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials in 2001.

McQueary did not witness nor did he report a rape to anyone in 2001.


The Sandusky grand jury presentment of November 4. 2011 provided a misleading account of what eye witness Michael McQueary reported to Joe Paterno about the 2001 incident.  Rather than stating explicitly what McQueary reported, it stated he reported "what he had seen" which led the media and the public to erroneously conclude the explicit details were reported to Paterno.


1.  The eye witness, Mike McQueary, took issue with the accuracy of the statement in the grand jury presentment.  On November 10, 2011, he sent this email to Office of Attorney General (OAG) prosecutor Jonelle Eshbach and Agent Anthony Sassano -- telling them he felt his "words were slightly twisted."

2.  In that same email to the OAG, McQueary gave a very equivocating and uncertain statement regarding "whatever it was" that  he observed in the locker room.

3.  On November 6th, Joe Paterno issued a statement in an attempt to clarify what was reported to him (my emphasis added).  

"As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators."

4.  On  December 16, 2011, a little over one month after the presentment was released, McQueary clarified (under cross-examination) that he never used the terms "anal or rape in this since day one."   To be absolutely clear, he did not use those terms with his father, John McQueary,  when making the phone call immediately after witnessing the incident, with his father's business partner, Dr. Jonathon Dranov within hours of the incident, with Joe Paterno the morning after, and  with then Penn State University officials Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz approximately ten days later.


5.  On June 12, 2012, McQueary testified that he could not see "insertion" or "genitals," but described the positioning as "extremely, extremely close as you could be."

6.   On June 22, 2012, the jury correctly found that Jerry Sandusky was not guilty of Count 7: Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) related to the alleged rape witnessed by McQueary.  The media made very little of the acquittal for the alleged crime that created the outrage against Paterno and Penn State.

7.  Subsequent testimony in numerous proceedings from 2011 through 2017 by John McQueary, Dr. Dranov, Curley, and Schultz confirmed that no explicitly sexual terms were used by McQueary when he described what he actually saw.


8 .  After McQueary testified (on December 16, 2011) to not providing explicit details in his report to Paterno and others, the New York Times reported the opposite.  See below:

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that in 2002 he saw Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy and that he reported it, in graphic detail, to Coach Joe Paterno and two senior Penn State University officials."

9.  At the conclusion of the Sandusky trial, Sara Ganim made only a passing comment about the acquittal on the allegation that caused the removal of  Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier and formed the basis of her Pulitzer prize winning stories on the "Penn State sex scandal."   In total, the Harrisburg Patriot News ran nine stories on the verdicts and Ganim's was the only one to (briefly) mention that not guilty verdict.

10.  After Sandusky's sentencing in October 2012, the New York Times incorrectly reported that McQueary testified that Sandusky sodomized Victim 2 -- even though he had not done so.  The Times column also failed to mention Sandusky was acquitted of sodomizing the boy.

"One of Mr. Sandusky’s victims was a young boy who was sodomized by Mr. Sandusky in the Penn State football shower room, according to testimony by Mike McQueary, a former assistant coach." 


The false allegation that McQueary witnessed a rape and reported it to PSU officials originated with the Pennsylvania OAG and the media stuck to that narrative even though it was refuted by the evidence in the case and the verdict of the Sandusky jury.

Next...Part 2:  "The rapes of those boys occurred in the Lasch Building."

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