Defense lawyer helped Penn St. draft statement

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 2:26 AM

FILE PHOTO: Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Bellefonte) -- Penn State's former general counsel says days before two high-ranking administrators were charged over their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the school's then-president let the men's defense lawyers help edit a statement he later issued that voiced his full support for the administrators.

Cynthia Baldwin has testified in the trial of a civil lawsuit by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who claims the news release made it appear he lied to police and prosecutors about his response to seeing Jerry Sandusky abuse a boy.

Baldwin says then-university vice president Gary Schultz's lawyer helped edit the statement in the days before charges were filed in 2011 against Schultz, then-athletic director Tim Curley and Sandusky.

McQueary is seeking more than $4 million for his treatment after his role in the investigation became public.

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