Mike McQueary testimony highlights first day of trial

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 29, 2013 4:08 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A former Penn State assistant football coach says Joe Paterno told him the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

Mike McQueary has testified as a star witness in a hearing for three former Penn State officials accused in a cover-up.

He says that Paterno told him ``Old Main screwed up'' -- a reference to Penn State's administration.

He also says Paterno warned him the university would try to scapegoat him.

McQueary's appearance was the highlight of the daylong hearing. Testimony will continue Tuesday.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley are accused of failing to tell authorities that McQueary reported seeing Sandusky molest a child in a university locker-room shower and of trying to cover it up.

They say they're innocent.

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