Report: McQueary confided he was abused as child

Report: McQueary confided he was abused as child
March 4, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Mike McQueary was the wide receivers coach at Penn State from 2004 to 2011. (USA Today Images)

Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who will be a prosecution witness in an upcoming conspiracy trial against former PSU leaders, reportedly told players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused as a boy, according to ESPN the Magazine.

Only a few days earlier, prosecutors revealed that McQueary had witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a shower on campus about 10 years earlier. In a meeting with wide receivers soon after the reports went public, he told the players he identified with the young boy because he too was abused as a boy.

McQueary did not specify when he was abused or by whom.

The 39-year-old McQueary declined to comment on the reports other than to reiterate his admiration for late Penn State head coaching legend Joe Paterno, whom McQueary claims he told about the Sandusky incident.

"I love that man more than you can ever possibly say," McQueary said. "He's an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn't handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him."

McQueary is expected to testify at the criminal trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, and former vice president Gary Schultz, who face charges ranging from conspiracy to failure to report suspected abuse.