Penn State's Mike McQueary speaks for first time since sex abuse scandal

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STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - More victims have come forward in the Penn State child sex abuse investigation. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian has learned the state police are vetting the claims of others who say, they too, were sexually assaulted by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky has already been charged with assaulting eight boys, some in a university locker room. The scandal has cost coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State president their jobs.

McQuery email: I did go to the police

From the moment the sexual abuse controversy broke, assistant coach Mike McQueary has been out of sight and hasn't spoken. He's a key witness because it was McQueary who had told the grand jury that in 2002 he'd seen former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky rape a boy as young as 10 years old in a locker room shower. An act, according to court papers, McQueary reported to then head coach Joe Paterno.

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Today he spoke to us for the first time since the scandal broke.

"When do you think you'll be ready to talk," Keteyian asked.

"The whole process has to play out," McQueary replied. "I just don't have anything else to say."

"Describe your emotions right now."

"All over the place, just kind of shaken."

"Crazy?"

"Crazy," McQueary replied.

"You said like what, Mike?"

"Like a snow globe."

"Like a snow globe," Keteyian asked.

"Yes sir."

More Sandusky accusers come forward

Last Friday McQueary was placed on "indefinite administrative leave" by Penn State -- keeping him away from last Saturday's game, in part over concerns about his safety.

Monday night, in a phone interview with NBC's Bob Costas, Sandusky said, "I say that I'm innocent of those charges. Well, I could say that you know, that I have done some of those things I've horsed around. I've showered after workouts, I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without the intent of sexual contact."

Today Pennsylvania attorney Ben Andreozzi, who represents one of the alleged victims, said his client was "extremely disappointed" by the interview and "it was 100 percent false."

In an interview yesterday Andreozzi described the claims of his client to Keteyian.

"Can you characterize the kind of abuse your client allegedly sustained," Keteyian asked.

"Severe," Andreozzi replied. "Over a period of time, he suffered severe sexual abuse. Mr. Sandusky built a relationship with my client, and I believe he used that relationship with the Second Mile program and with the university to his advantage so he could essentially stalk and prey on all his victims, including my client."

According to court records, McQueary was never questioned by the police after reporting the alleged assault. But in an email obtained by the Associated Press, McQueary says he stopped the assault and then discussed it with the police.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley asked Keteyian, "In that brief conversation you had with McQueary on his porch, part of that was off camera. I wonder what he told you."

Keteyian replied, "He's very rattled by this whole experience. Off-camera he was telling me how concerned he was about his personal life, his personal safety, and the future in coaching. Because obviously he's caught in a very difficult situation here. I think the word shattered, or shaken really operates here, because Mike is just in a state where he doesn't really know, it appears which way to turn."
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