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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told jurors in Jerry Sandusky’s sex-abuse trial Tuesday that he saw his ex-colleague with a prepubescent boy in an on-campus shower and that he heard a “skin-on-skin smacking sound.”
His account of the night differed little from his appearance in December at a preliminary hearing for Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The one difference: He said the shower encounter took place in 2001 instead of 2002.
But the effect of what he saw, and heard, was unchanged, he said, responding to questions from Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan.
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, is on trial on 52 criminal counts related to the alleged assaults of 10 boys during a 15-year period. Authorities allege that Sandusky abused boys at his home and inside the football team’s on-campus facilities, among other places.
McQueary told the jury that he was at home, in bed, watching the film “Rudy” when he decided to go to the football team building. He said he walked into the support staff locker room to put away a pair of new sneakers and, as he opened the door, he heard the noise.
“Very much skin-on-skin smacking sound,” he said. “I immediately became alert and was kind of embarrassed that I was walking in on something.”
He said he turned and glanced over his right shoulder at a mirror that had a 45-degree angle and saw Sandusky “standing behind a boy who was propped up against a wall.” He estimated the boy to be 10 to 12 years old.
He said that the “boy’s hands (were) up on the wall. The glance would have taken only one or two seconds. I immediately turned back to my locker to make sure I saw what I saw.”
Then he put his shoes in the locker and slammed it shut, hard.
“I made the loud noise in an attempt to say: ‘Someone’s here! Break it up!’” McQueary said.
When asked what he saw, McQueary said that “the defendant’s midsection was moving” subtly.
He said he then went upstairs to his office.
“It was more than my brain could handle,” he said. “I was making decisions on the fly. I picked up the phone and called my father to get advice from the person I trusted most in my life, because I just saw something ridiculous.”
He said that he was very vague with his father on the phone and that his dad, John, told him to leave immediately and come to the house.
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