Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant coach who told a grand jury that he witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a young boy in the locker room showers, is expected to be the main witness at a preliminary hearing Friday for two Penn State officials charged with perjury and failure to report a crime.
Tim Curley, the former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, former vice president for business and finance, hope their joint hearing in Dauphin County, Pa., court will “start the process of clearing their good names and demonstrating that they testified truthfully to the grand jury,” their attorneys said in a statement (via the Harrisburg Patriot-News).
The hearing’s purpose is only to establish that prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial. Defense attorneys are not expected to call witnesses, according to the Patriot-News, and their cross-examination is limited to the truth of witnesses’ statements. On Tuesday, Sandusky waived his right to a similar hearing and will proceed to trial.
McQueary is a key witness in the case against Curley and Schultz because McQueary told a grand jury investigating Sandusky that he’d reported details to Curley and Schultz. The grand jury found McQueary credible, but, since then, he allegedly has emailed friends with details that are inconsistent with the grand jury report. In addition, according to the Patriot-News, McQueary's original verbal account to a friend after the incident and a written account to state police in 2010contain other inconsistencies.
Meanwhile, the defense for Sandusky, who remains out on bail and under house confinement, continues to tell the media their client is innocent. An attorney who recently joined defense attorney Joseph Amendola said in a Harrisburg's abc27 News interview Tuesday that Sandusky was showering with boys in order to teach them about hygiene.
“Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people,” Karl Rominger said, “but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills, like how to put soap on their body.”
Rominger said that his college cross country coach often showered with the team and Sandusky said in an interview with Bob Costas that he showered with young boys. Rominger didn’t question the decision to talk to the media, but offered an explanation for why Sandusky didn’t come across more favorably.
“The problem is if you're an innocent person who's not articulate, you're not going to come across well, but you're still innocent,” Rominger said. “A guilty person who is very articulate might come across innocent. So it's not a fair fight.”
Sandusky, who faces 52 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, has maintained his innocence, vowing Tuesday to “fight for four quarters.”
Sandusky: Former coach waives right to preliminary hearing
The original grand jury report
The new grand jury presentment
Timeline: How Penn State scandal unfolded
The scandal: Suspicions swept aside
Latest arrest: New charges filed
Sandusky freed: Wife posts $250,000 bail
NBC video: Sandusky taken into custody
Court rules: Guidelines for preliminary hearing
Early Lead: Sandusky’s wife says her husband is innocent
Early Lead: Local judges recuse themselves