STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A former assistant football team Penn State University says it did intervene to halt sexual abuse against a child in the showers of the campus and went to the police to report it.
Mike McQueary's claims to a friend in an email to The Associated Press managed to contradict their own statements quoted in the report of a grand jury.
According to the report, when McQueary testified that Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach, sexually assaulted the child.
McQueary's comments seemed to exacerbate the confusion in a scandal that has engulfed the university, which resulted in the dismissal as coach Joe Paterno's historic, the dismissal of the president Graham Spanier and the filing of perjury charges against the athletic director and against a vice president of the institution.
McQueary, now the receivers coach of the team, told a friend of Penn State who made sure to cease sexual assault occurred in the showers in 2002 and went to the police to report it. The friend asked not to be identified as a condition to deliver Tuesday to The Associated Press McQueary had mail sent on 8 November.
"I stopped it (the abuse), not physically ... but I made sure that ceased when I left those costumes ... I talked to the police and the monitoring officer at the university," said McQueary, who has been suspended and was not present at Saturday's game, a loss to Nebraska.
According to the grand jury report, McQueary testified that he had spoken with his father and then with Paterno, before referring the matter to Tim Curley athletic director and Vice President Gary Schultz, who oversaw the campus police.
Paterno has not been charged with a crime. Curley and Schultz face charges for failing to file a complaint with the police but they claim they are innocent.
Some believe that McQueary did not take appropriate measures after witnessing the assault on child by Sandusky, who was assistant to Paterno and he would have eight children abused over a period of 15 years.