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Pa. police: Grad assistant didn't tell us of abuse

November 16, 2011

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—Neither campus nor city police received reports from a Penn State graduate assistant who testified to a grand jury that he saw a former defensive coordinator raping a boy in the team showers in 2002, the departments said Wednesday.

State College police Chief Tom King said Mike McQueary didn't make a report to his department about Jerry Sandusky, who's been charged with abusing eight boys over 15 years. Penn State spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said campus police also didn't have any record of a report filed in 2002 by McQueary.

McQueary wrote in a Nov. 8 email to a friend that he'd talked to police about that allegation, but he didn't specify which police department. The email was made available Tuesday to The Associated Press.

King has been police chief since 1993. State College police did help on a case led by Penn State police into a 1998 allegation, referred to in a 23-page grand jury report on the Sandusky investigation as "Victim 6."

The report said the investigation began after an 11-year-old boy's mother complained that Sandusky had showered with her son in the football facilities.

King said the State College detective who helped on that case forwarded his notes to Penn State police, who then turned the case over to then-Centre Couny District Attorney Ray Gricar. He declined to file charges.

Gricar disappeared in April 2005 and was declared legally dead earlier this year. Investigators have said they don't believe there's a connection between his disappearance and the decision to not charge Sandusky.

"I'm confident that was fully investigated," King said of the 1998 case. "He was very astute in what was needed to bring charges ... and certainly was not afraid to bring charges in a high-profile case."

Otherwise, King said there have been no reports of child sexual abuse made to his department related to Sandusky.

Sandusky has denied charges.