HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM/AP) – A former Penn State assistant football coach is getting an additional $5 million over his treatment by the university following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges five years ago.
Judge Thomas Gavin ruled in favor of Mike McQueary’s whistleblower claim against the university Wednesday, adding to a jury’s $7.3 million verdict issued last month for defamation and misrepresentation.
McQueary had told investigators he saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower in 2001. After Sandusky’s arrest, McQueary was put on leave with pay and hasn’t returned to coaching.
Gavin is concluding that Penn State retaliated against McQueary.
In his ruling, Gavin cited several instances of humiliation for McQueary. Among them, being banned from the athletic fields that had been his home since 1993, effectively cutting him off from his support network and friends of almost twenty years; being the only assistant coach not placed on the list of people not to be considered by incoming head coach Bill O’Brien; being rejected for a position at Elizabeth City State University because of his notoriety; and being unable to get a job as a cashier at a local drug store.
The judge also wrote that if Penn State had publicly acknowledged that McQueary followed University policy when he reported the abuse it would have gone a long way toward reducing the public disgrace put on McQueary.
The judge is awarding McQueary legal fees and nearly $4 million in lost wages. He also is awarding an additional $1 million for humiliation and harm to his reputation, saying the jury’s $7.3 million verdict was not sufficient.
A university spokesman declined to immediately comment.