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PSU Looking into McQueary Claim of Police Discussions; 'Right Now ... No Record'

on November 16, 2011 4:13 PM

Mike McQueary has indicated that he did, in fact, talk with police after witnessing an alleged assault in 2002, according to an e-mail cited Tuesday by the Allentown Morning Call.

But Penn State could not immediately confirm McQueary's assertion Wednesday.

"Since hearing of the news reports, we are looking into this matter," university spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote in an e-mail message to StateCollege.com. "Right now, we have no record of any report filed by Mike McQueary. This is the first we have heard of it."

McQueary, an assistant football coach at Penn State, is on paid administrative leave. University President Rodney Erickson announced McQueary's leave on Friday.

The assistant coach has become a target of public criticism since the release Nov. 5 of a grand-jury report. The report, outlining child-sexual-abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky, indicates that McQueary witnessed an alleged sexual attack in March 2002.

McQueary said he saw Sandusky assaulting a young boy in a university-football shower facility, according to the report. It indicates that McQueary reported the incident to his father, then relayed it to then-Coach Joe Paterno the next day.

The grand-jury report makes no indication that McQueary immediately called police.

But in a Nov. 8 e-mail message cited Tuesday by the Morning Call, McQueary indicated that he did intervene in the shower facility and "did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police."

McQueary also appeared briefly on "CBS Evening News" Tuesday, saying that his emotions are "all over the place."

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