Judge sets Oct. 17 trial for McQueary whistleblower lawsuit

    A judge has set an Oct. 17 trial date for the whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

    McQueary was placed on leave by Penn State in 2011 following revelations he reported alleged on-campus sex abuse of a boy by Jerry Sandusky, the university’s retired defensive coordinator. Sandusky is serving decades in prison for child-sex convictions.

    McQueary’s lawsuit contends his coaching career and personal life have been harmed since he reported the Sandusky allegation.

    Penn State officials sought to delay the trial until the criminal charges are resolved that accuse former administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz of covering up abuse allegations.

    But Centre County Judge Thomas Gavin on Monday ordered McQueary’s suit to be heard citing the “ongoing economic harm” he’s suffering.

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