Former Penn State Assistant Coach Awarded $7.3 Million

Former Penn State Assistant Coach Awarded $7.3 Million


Penn State

The Penn State case concerns allegations that Jerry Sandusky had sexually molested 10 boys. Sandusky was convicted of sexual assault in 2012. He is serving a prison sentence between 30 and 60 years. The case involves another individual.

Mike McQueary, the former Penn State assistant football coach, failed to report the ongoing sexual abuse that occurred. McQueary received $7.3 million in damages, as result of defamation of character, on Nov. 30, 2016.

His ability to find suitable work, after leaving the university, was impaired due to the Sandusky case. McQueary did report to administrative staff. However, no action was taken. The Associated Press declared, “two administrators lied to him when they said they took his report of Sandusky seriously and would respond appropriately.”

McQueary did not reach out to higher authorities, such as the police or child protective services. The university issued a statement saying it did not insult his character. Instead, public opinion and the media were responsible. McQueary’s lack of response to child abuse is questionable but ultimately does not circumvent Penn State’s irresponsibility. The university failed to protect the children from sexual abuse.

The school told Sandusky to stop bringing children into team facilities, as explained by Penn State attorney, Nancy Conrad. This route of action was completely unacceptable. Termination of contract and pressing of charges should have been the initial and only reaction of Penn State.

Written by Deshawn B. Marshall
Edited by Jeanette Smith


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