Judge weighs delay in Penn St. whistleblower suit

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

McQueary, a graduate assistant on the football team staff at the time, complained to then-coach Joe Paterno, but legal authorities were not notified.

Sandusky, 68, has begun serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He maintains his innocence and plans to appeal. On Friday, a different judge delayed arguments on post-sentencing motions in that case until January.

McQueary sued the school that once employed him last month, saying the university mistreated him after Sandusky was arrested, resulting in distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. McQueary claims that Spanier's support for Curley and Schultz in the wake of their arrests in November 2011 made him a scapegoat and harmed his reputation as well as his ability to make a living as a football coach.

The lawsuit alleges he was dropped by the school because of his cooperation with the criminal investigation. He is seeking reinstatement, back pay and legal fees, among other things.

McQueary was placed on administrative leave a week after Sandusky, Curley and Schultz were arrested in November 2011, and in July learned he was no longer a university employee. He had been making $140,000 a year.

The attorney general's office has described the actions of Curley, Schultz and Spanier as a conspiracy of silence to cover up complaints about Sandusky acting improperly with young boys. The three men deny all allegations against them.

Spanier was forced out as president but remains a faculty member. Schultz has retired, and Curley is on paid leave until the final year of his contract ends.