Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary has been placed on "indefinite" paid administrative leave, the school's president said today.
University president Rodney Erickson made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon about Mr. McQueary, who according to a grand jury presentment witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a child in a locker room shower in 2002.
"It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in his role under these circumstances," Mr. Erickson said.
Asked if firing McQueary had been considered, Mr. Erickson did not answer directly.
"There are complexities to that issue that I'm not prepared to go into at this point," he said.
Mr. Erickson said he made the decision in consultation with acting Penn State athletics director Mark Sherburne.
According to the grand jury presentment, Mr. McQueary reported what he saw to his father, who accompanied him to tell then-head football coach Joe Paterno.
As a Penn State student, Mr. McQueary played quarterback on teams Mr. Paterno coached.
Mr. Sandusky has been accused of sexual assaults on at least eight boys across 15 years, all of whom he met through a charity he founded called The Second Mile.
The university's board of trustees fired Mr. Paterno and accepted the resignation of former Penn State president Graham Spanier late Wednesday for not doing more to pass on or investigate allegations against Mr. Sandusky.
Erickson said the university is still trying to determine how to move forward with former athletic director Tim Curley, who is also on paid administrative leave.