Jury has ex-Penn State assistant’s defamation suit

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex for lunch in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. A civil trial that's set to begin will determine if Penn State should pay for a claim it mistreated the former assistant coach who provided key evidence used to convict child molester Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex for lunch in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. A civil trial that's set to begin will determine if Penn State should pay for a claim it mistreated the former assistant coach who provided key evidence used to convict child molester Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State assistant football coach’s defamation case against the university is in the hands of jurors.

A Centre County court official says in a news release that jurors received the charges from the judge Thursday afternoon and left the courtroom to begin deliberations.

Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by Mike McQueary made closing arguments earlier Thursday.

McQueary claims he was defamed by a statement the school president released the day Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation, retaliated against for helping with the Sandusky investigation and misled by school administrators.

Penn State argues McQueary’s reputation was harmed by public opinion about his decision not to go to police or child-welfare authorities when he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001.

McQueary is seeking more than $4 million.

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