The investigation into former Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of young boys could take a turn, if a new report is accurate. The Patriot-News' Sara Ganim reports Mike McQueary, the former graduate assistant who relayed 2002 rape allegations to Joe Paterno, may have never actually witnessed the specifics of rape.
According to grand jury testimony given by Dr. Jonathan Dranov, a family friend who heard McQueary's original account of what he'd seen, the coach witnessed what sounded like inappropriate behavior in Penn State's shower, but perhaps nothing that he could've specifically described with certainty to Paterno as rape.
You'll have to read the report for yourself, but the only way I know how to describe it is that it appears, according to this version, that McQueary felt he wasn't sure he'd witnessed rape, but rather enough to know something was wrong.
The details provided are still appalling and unacceptable, but it's now a little easier to imagine that a game of Telephone could've dulled it to "horseplay" in the minds of university administrators. Again, not that that's OK.
This may help the cases of former admins Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who've been charged with perjury, and could help Sandusky's case as well. McQueary is an important witness -- if his story has changed at all over time, Sandusky's defense may now be able to pick him apart.
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