John McQueary Falters on Stand [Graphic Content]
Following his son’s testimony yesterday, John McQueary took the stand to corroborate the now infamous shower story told to him over a decade ago.
McQueary began by recounting the phone call he received from his son after witnessing Sandusky and a child in the Lasch building shower room in 2001. His wife answered the phone and immediately handed him the phone, saying “It’s Mike. There’s something wrong.”
“I just saw something, I saw Coach Sandusky in the shower with a young boy,” John recalled his son saying. “I could tell [Mike] was very distraught and upset.”
“I asked him if he had seen anal sex and I got more descriptive. ‘Did you see anything you could verify’ — penetration or maybe I used the word sodomy,” he said. According to his father, Mike McQueary responded, “No, I didn’t actually see that”
John McQueary says he asked again, “So you didn’t witness penetration or anything else you can verify?” His son again said no.
John McQueary continued by verifying his son’s claims that he had met with Paterno the next morning, as well as with Dr. Jonathan Dranov and Gary Schultz. McQueary recalls, “Mr. Schultz said he had heard noise — that was the word, noise — about this before, earlier than Mike’s report.”
Karl Rominger was in charge of the cross-examination. He asked John McQueary, “Do you recall testifying at a preliminary hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse?” This was in reference to the December 16, 2011 hearing for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.
McQueary responded, “No.”
Rominger said that he had sworn written testimony that says McQueary was there on that day, and showed the documents to McQueary.
McQueary again denied being there, and then asked, “Where is this courthouse? I testified in front of a Grand Jury, but not this.”
Rominger explained that it was located in Harrisburg.
“I was not in that courthouse, to my knowledge,” McQueary testified. This came as a shock to everyone in the courtroom — audible mumbles could be heard as McQueary repeatedly denied his attendance — because McQueary did in fact testify at that hearing. His incomplete memory was surprising to everyone, and Rominger seemed to be in disbelief at the denial.
It is an absolute truth that John McQueary was in the courtroom in Harrisburg on December 16, and he denied it three times under oath, even when he saw a copy of his testimony.
This could no doubt be marked as a victory for the defense, as it could be read as a serious knock in John McQueary’s credibility and memory recall. At the very least, it shows that his memory might not be reliable enough to recall an event seven months ago, let alone 11 years ago.
Victim 10 was next to testify — the third accuser to testify so far in this trial. Victim 10 first came in contact with Sandusky through The Second Mile in 1997.
Victim 10 recounted the first sexual encounter they had, which occurred in the basement of his home before a football game in the fall of 1998. “We were wrestling, the defendant wrestled me to the ground, pinned me to the ground, pulled down my pants and started performing oral sex on me,” Victim 10 said. “I freaked out. I got nervous. I got scared.” He said the oral sex lasted “a couple of minutes,” and that Dottie Sandusky was in the house at the time, but upstairs.
Victim 10 also mentioned another incident that occurred at a university swimming pool. “I met Mr. Sandusky in the pool, he swam under me, went to lift me up on his shoulders, and slid his hand under my swimming trunks,” Victim 10 said.
Amendola cross-examined Victim 10, and brought up his previous legal problems. Victim 10 had spent nearly two years in a state prison on burglary charges.
Amendola also noted that Victim 10 did not come forward about this abuse until Sandusky was initially arrested in November, when he called the police over a hotline.
“The police didn’t find you, you reached out to them?” asked Amendola.
“Yes,” Victim 10 responded.
Victim 10 said he ended his relationship with Sandusky in 1998 when he was in the car with Sandusky. “He asked me to perform oral sex on him and I said no,” Victim 10 said. “He made a threat to me. He was displeased with what I told him.”
“He calmed down. He told me that he loved me,” Victim 10 said.
Victim 10’s foster mother was next to take the stand. She testified that Victim 10 told her that he was no longer interested in attending Second Mile summer camps.
Court is now in a short recess.