It appears that the boy Mike McQueary says he saw Jerry Sandusky rape in a shower has come forward:
For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university.
The man’s lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered “overwhelming evidence” on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years. […] “Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him,” the lawyers said in a news release.
The article does not state whether the prosecutors knew about the man. I suspect that if they did, they would have asked him to testify. If he refused to cooperate, I suspect that the prosecutors gave that information to Sandusky’s lawyers, which they could have used to get the charges for that case dismissed. It would do no good for the state to have McQueary testify to something that the victim says did not happen.
The man’s attorney also stated that the victim suffered more abuse following the 2001 incident. If that is true, then it shows how horrific Spanier and company’s lack of action was. So many boys would not have suffered abuse if any of the people in the know had simply gone to the police.
Of course, as was typical for Sandusky, it appears that he incriminated himself. In September of 2001 Sandusky left several messages to the man:
Sept. 12, 2011:
“…Jere. Um. I am probably not going to be able to get a hold of anybody. Um. Uh. Probably ought to just go forward. Uh. I would be very firm and express my feelings, uh, upfront. Um. But, uh, you know, there is nothing really to hide so. Um. If you want, give me a call. You can call me on my other cell phone or on this one, either one so. Alright, take care. Love you. Uh. Hope you get this message. Thanks.”
Sept. 19, 2011:
“…Just calling to see you know whether you had any interest in going to the Penn State game this Saturday. Uh. If you could get back to me and let me know, uh, I would appreciate it and when you get this message, uh, give me a call and I hope to talk to you later. Thanks. I love you.”
This shows Sandusky’s complete disconnect with his actions. He seems more interested in protecting his “relationship”, and likely his control, over the boys he abused than protecting his own interests.
According to the first article, Amendola met with a man who claimed to be the boy from the 2001 incident. The man said nothing happened, and Sandusky claimed this was the right guy, but Amendola was not convinced. It is unclear whether the man who came forward is the same person Amendola spoke to.