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Mike McQueary On Penn State Assault: 'I Did Stop It, Not Physically'

Mike McQueary, who appears to be the prosecution’s most important witness in the child sexual abuse case against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, wrote in a recent email that, in apparent contrast with what appeared in the grand jury presentment, he stopped Sandusky’s molestation of a boy in the showers at a Penn State locker room.

The Nov. 8 email from McQueary to a friend, made available to The Associated Press, said: “I did stop it, not physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room … I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police …. no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds … trust me.”

We’ll have to see what “did stop it, not physically” means, but that’s a strange thing to be absent from the grand jury’s report. If the assault did in fact occur, then hopefully McQueary really did stop it (perhaps by yelling at Sandusky to get lost, or something) and isn’t lying now to save his reputation. Either way, I would expect Sandusky’s attorney to make quite a stir about the apparent contradiction.

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