The defense team in the Sandusky trial can argued that the boys’ he allegedly abused memories are questionable and that their motives are suspect because of the pending civil suits. But what about Mike McQueary, an adult and eyewitness who says he saw Sandusky abuse a boy and can testify about the events in the shower at Penn State University.
The testimony of McQueary on Tuesday described how he went to the gym and saw a naked Sandusky with a boy – between the ages of 10 and 12 – who was pushed against the shower wall. McQueary testified that there was no doubt he was witnessing a sex act.
It was “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 slammed the locker door to try to alert his presence and attempt to break up what was happening.
“It was more than my brain could handle,” McQueary 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.” The next day, McQueary said, he went to head coach Joe Paterno.
During cross-examination by the defense, McQueary held firm. Sandusky’s attorney questioned why McQueary changed the dates of when he saw the incident, first saying it happened in 2002, then correcting it to 2001. “I recall a lot of things in my life that are very clear and vivid, and I don’t know the dates, sir,” McQueary stated.
McQueary was asked how he could be sure about the details, since some of what he saw was in a mirror. McQueary’s response – there was no question where Sandusky’s genitals were.
As for calling the authorities, McQueary insisted he thought he did by contacting Coach Paterno who later went to the hierarchy at the university. Defense counsel questioned – “if there had really been a sexual assault, shouldn’t [McQueary] have called police?”
The Sandusky trial resumes with no less that six more victims who say they were abused by Sandusky testifying.