Safety fears debated in Penn State-McQueary civil trial

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 12:59 PM

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The trial for McQueary's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State over how it treated him for complaining about assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy got underway with opening arguments on Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Bellefonte) --  An investigator says threatening emails and calls about a witness who helped produce child molestation charges against Jerry Sandusky weren't enough to make him fear for the man's safety.  

Anthony Sassano, with the state attorney general's office, testified today, the third day of trial in former assistant football coach Mike McQueary's whistleblower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State.  

But Sassano says investigators decided McQueary and the public weren't at risk when Penn State played Nebraska a week later.

There has been evidence of overt threats on his life, while others made vague warnings of consequences at the game.

Earlier today, there was testimony from the man who put McQueary on paid administrative leave days after Sandusky was charged . 

Mark Sherburne briefly took over as athletic director after his predecessor was charged with perjury. 

McQueary claims he was defamed by a statement from the school's president after Sandusky and two of the president's top lieutenants were charged in 2011.  

The lawsuit says McQueary was retaliated against for his role in the investigation and prosecution of Sandusky, and misled into thinking officials took seriously his report that he saw Sandusky abuse a boy in 2001.

He is seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims.

The university says its handling of McQueary was justified by safety concerns.


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