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Mike McQueary Testifies at Jerry Sandusky Trial

By Andrew Lu on June 13, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Mike McQueary testifies at the Jerry Sandusky trial -- and it was rather damning.

For more than an hour, McQueary described what he saw at the Penn State locker room showers back in 2001 when a boy was allegedly sexually assaulted by Sandusky. McQueary then withstood an 85-minute cross examination by defense lawyers.

Mike McQueary testifies that he went to the gym one night and saw a naked Sandusky pushing a 10-12 year-old-boy against a shower wall and then engaging in a sex act with the child, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In his testimony, McQueary did not break any new ground. His story is familiar to those who followed the Jerry Sandusky trial.

But in explaining his delay in reporting the incident, McQueary said that it was more than his brain could handle and that he had to first seek counsel from his father. The next day, McQueary said he contacted late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno about the incident, reports the Times.

McQueary's testimony is important as he was an adult at the time of the incident -- unlike the victims who were children at the time. Also, McQueary is the only person who can testify to the events at the Penn State showers as the alleged victim has never stepped forward.

On cross-examination, Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola tried to undermine McQueary by arguing that the former graduate assistant has changed his story many times, including the year that the alleged assault took place. Amendola says that he doesn't believe that McQueary is lying, only that McQueary saw something and is now making assumptions as to what that something was.

For his part, Sandusky has previously admitted to showering with boys. But has denied sexually assaulting them, reports the Times.

Mike McQueary testifies Tuesday, and now the Jerry Sandusky trial continues. At least six more men are expected to testify about the abuse they experienced at the hands of Sandusky.

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