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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) -

The father of Mike McQueary told jurors his son was "very distraught" when he called to tell him about an incident involving Jerry Sandusky in a Penn State locker room shower.

John McQueary testified Wednesday at Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial. His son, then a graduate assistant on the football coaching staff, told jurors Tuesday that he saw Sandusky in the shower with a naked, prepubescent boy. He said he immediately called his father from his office in the Lasch Football Building.

"It took a second or two for him to respond, so I knew there was something wrong," John McQueary told the jury. "I assumed he was hurt or something."

"I just saw something," John McQueary recalled his son saying. ""I saw Coach Sandusky in the shower with a young boy."

John McQueary said his son thought Sandusky and the boy had left the building. He said he told Mike that he needed to get out of there.

As the two spoke later at their home, John McQueary said his son went into more detail.

"He said Sandusky was positioned behind the young man, and I believe he said against the shower wall. And I said 'well what was taking place?'" John McQueary said. "Mike said something like it didn't take a rocket scientist to see what was going on."

John McQueary said he had called a colleague, Dr. Jonathan Dranov, and Mike repeated the account to the two of them.

"Together with Dr. Dranov, we determined it was imperative that he report this to the authorities at Penn State," John McQueary told the court, "which I believed was the appropriate thing to do."

John McQueary said his son met with athletic director Tim Curley and vice-president Gary Schultz, the head of the university police department, within a couple of months, but he couldn't say when.

He told jurors that during an unrelated business meeting, Schultz told him he had "heard noise about this before … earlier than Mike's report."

Prosecutor Joe McGettigan asked McQueary if it was clear that the incident was sexual. "Yes, without question, that was my conclusion," he answered, adding that when he spoke with Schultz he also made it clear that the incident was sexual.

During cross-examination, assistant defense attorney Karl Rominger questioned why no one went to authorities that night. "What would your son have had to tell you that night for you to call 911?" he asked.

"He would have had to tell me he saw somebody injured, crying and screaming," McQueary responded. "I don't know the answer to that. That sounds sort of 'what if' to me. Whatever was taking place was over by the time he talked to me."

In a bizarre moment, Rominger asked John McQueary if he ever testified at a preliminary hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse. McQueary said he does not remember doing so, even though he did appear at the December 16 preliminary hearing of two Penn State officials charged with perjury in the Sandusky case.

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