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Report: Ex-Penn State football aide McQueary says he was abused

Mike McQueary, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who was a prosecution witness at the molestation trial of Jerry Sandusky, told players in a private meeting after the scandal broke that as a boy, he had been the victim of sexual abuse, a magazine reported Tuesday.

ESPN Magazine reported that six players, two of whom said they attended the Nov. 9, 2011, meeting, said McQueary spoke about his own abuse but did not give details. About 12 players were at the meeting, the magazine reported.

McQueary did not comment for the ESPN story other than to praise Joe Paterno, the longtime football coach who was fired after the allegations against Sandusky became public. Paterno died in 2012.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was convicted that year of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys, all involved in his Second Mile charity for disadvantaged youths. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

McQueary testified that in 2001, as a graduate assistant, he saw Sandusky and a boy in a shower at Penn State and heard a "skin-on-skin smacking sound" that led him to conclude Sandusky was raping the child.

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