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Trial to start in ex-coach's suit against Penn State for alleged mistreatment

FILE - In this June 12, 2012, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. 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 in a team shower is scheduled to go to trial Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, with opening statements in a courthouse near the university campus. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A civil trial set to begin Monday in a Pennsylvania courtroom will determine if Penn State should pay for a claim it mistreated a former assistant coach who provided key evidence used to convict child molester Jerry Sandusky. Mike McQueary's lawsuit against the university — where he was a quarterback and a coach — alleges that the school defamed him, retaliated against him and misled him into thinking that his report about Sandusky would be handled properly. He is seeking more $4 million in damages. A jury of nine women and three men was selected last week. McQueary testified during Sandusky's 2012 criminal trial that he happened to go to the locker room late one Friday evening and saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower. He did not physically intervene or summon police, but the next day he reported what he saw to his boss, then-head coach Joe Paterno, and told the story to two high-ranking administrators. Investigators got a tip in 2010 that McQueary might be able to help them in the Sandusky investigation, a key break that culminated in Sandusky being first charged in November 2011.

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The trial in a courthouse near the Penn State campus could last two weeks or more.



Sandusky child abuse conviction

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving 30 to 60 years in Greene State Prison. He maintains his innocence and was in court for a post-conviction appeal hearing in August.

Mike McQueary

Michael Jacob McQueary(born October 10, 1974) was an American assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University(Penn State) under head coach Joe Paterno until late in the 2011 football season. McQueary was identified as a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Penn State child sex abuse scandal

The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was an incident in which Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was charged and convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. Sandusky had located and groomed victims through his charity organization, The Second Mile.

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