Last fall, news broke that top officials at Pennsylvania State University didn’t report allegations that former football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused underage boys—some on the school’s campus—for 15 years. The Penn State sex scandal scorched the school’s reputation and saw the departure of formerly esteemed officials, including the school’s president and its legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
Now, Mike McQueary, the assistant football coach whose eyewitness testimony was central to the scandal, plans to sue the university.
News outlets began reporting yesterday that McQueary has filed the preliminary paperwork for a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. The document doesn’t provide details about McQueary’s allegations, nor does it specify the damages it will seek.
More than a decade ago, McQueary told Paterno he saw Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a campus shower. Paterno alerted his superiors, but not the police. When the scandal broke last November, the school fired Paterno and placed McQueary on leave. Since then, Penn State has spent more than $7.5 million in legal fees and other costs related to the scandal.
Sandusky’s trial is slated to begin next month. He faces 52 criminal counts.
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