Lawyers for two Penn State officials who were indicted for perjury have begun to raise questions about the background of the prosecution’s chief witness, himself a Penn State assistant coach.
On Tuesday, the lawyers for Tim Curley, the Penn State athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the senior vice president for finance and business at the university, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office requesting a variety of material, including grand jury testimony of some of the key witnesses.
In that letter, the lawyers appeared eager to question the credibility of the witness to what prosecutors allege was one of Sandusky’s most offensive crimes: the rape of a 10-year-old boy on Penn State property in 2002.
The lawyers were seeking information on a brush with law enforcement that the assistant coach Mike McQueary had in Virginia in 2007.
The incident in question appears to consist of a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. Records show McQueary was arrested for driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. He did not show up for his hearing, and was found guilty in absentia.
McQueary, whose testimony was deemed credible by the grand jury that handed up the charges against Sandusky earlier this month, said that he told Curley and Schultz of the graphic nature of what he had witnessed.
Curley was charged with perjury for testifying before the grand jury that McQueary, in fact, had not told him that the assault by Sandusky was sexual in nature. Schultz was charged with perjury for asserting under oath that McQueary’s allegations were “not that serious.”
Calls seeking comment from McQueary and his lawyers were not returned.