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A turn in Sandusky case

From Staff And Wire Reports / December 12, 2011
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The grand jury in the Jerry Sandusky case heard a different version of what Mike McQueary witnessed in a Penn State locker room in 2002, according to a report in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News yesterday.

McQueary, then serving as a graduate assistant on the Nittany Lions’ football team, reportedly told the grand jury that he saw Sandusky and a boy engaged in a graphic sex act.

But, according to a source quoted in the Sunday Patriot-News, the grand jury also heard conflicting testimony from Dr. Jonathan Dranov, a McQueary family friend.

According to the Patriot-News’s source, Dranov was present at McQueary’s home when he returned from the incident to discuss it with his father. Dranov reportedly told the grand jury that McQueary’s account included seeing the boy and an adult sharing a shower stall, among other details - but not the graphic act.

According to the source with knowledge of Dranov’s testimony, McQueary heard “sex sounds’’ and the shower running, and a young boy stuck his head around the corner of the stall, peering at McQueary as an adult arm reached around him and pulled him out of view.

Seconds later, Sandusky left the shower in a towel.

That account is different from the hand-written statement obtained by the Patriot-News that McQueary provided investigators when he was interviewed in 2010. It’s also different than the summary of his grand jury testimony in the 23-page initial grand jury presentment.

In both of those accounts, McQueary says he witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a boy. McQueary says the pair turned and looked at him before he left.

However, Dranov told grand jurors that he asked McQueary three times if he saw anything sexual, and three times McQueary said no, according to the Patriot-News.

Because of that response, Dranov told McQueary that he should talk to his boss, head football coach Joe Paterno, rather than police. The next day Paterno and McQueary talked. Paterno said graphic detail, such as rape, was never mentioned to him. But public outcry led to his firing five days after Sandusky was charged.

Sandusky’s attorneys likely will seize on the different testimonies to defend their client during tomorrow’s preliminary hearing. Sandusky faces 52 counts of sex crimes against 10 alleged victims dating to 1994. Eight of them are expected to testify before Judge Robert E. Scott, who will decide if there’s probable cause for the case to proceed to trial in a county court.

Paterno fractured his pelvis again following a fall at his home but will not need surgery, a person close to the family told the Associated Press yesterday.

The former Penn State football coach was expected to make a full recovery after slipping Saturday.

Paterno, who turns 85 on Dec. 21, is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for what his family has said is a treatable form of lung cancer.

Paterno initially hurt his pelvis in August after he was blindsided during preseason practice. It was determined Paterno should remain in the hospital now to facilitate his regimen of cancer treatments.

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