The former Penn State assistant football coach who claims he witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a shower told his players that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, according to ESPN The Magazine.
Sources told ESPN The Magazine that Mike McQueary confided in more than a dozen receivers and tight ends during a closed-door meeting three days after Sandusky's arrest in November 2011.
The meeting came as McQueary was under increasing pressure to explain why he didn't stop Sandusky from abusing a boy in the Lasch Building ten years earlier, when he was a graduate assistant with the university's football program.
McQueary told the players he had some regret that he didn't stop the abuse, and that he could relate to the fear and helplessness felt by the boy in the shower because he too was sexually abused when he was a boy, according to the published report.
He did not tell the players who had abused him or when the abuse had occurred, the sources said.
McQueary was a key prosecution witness at Sandusky's trial. He is expected to return to the witness stand in the upcoming trial of three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up Sandusky's sexual abuse crimes.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are charged with perjury, obstruction, conspiracy and failure to report suspected abuse.
McQueary has also filed a $4 million whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. The lawsuit claims the university discriminated against him for testifying when his contract wasn't renewed in 2012.