An embarrassing situation for Penn State and one of its former coaches has suddenly taken a very serious turn for at least one current member of the school’s athletic department.
If you recall from Friday, former Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky, once thought to be the heir apparent to Joe Paterno, was indicted by a grand jury on 40 counts relating to allegations of sexually abusing children. The indictments came 10 months after several PSU officials, including Paterno and athletic director Tim Curley, were called to testify in front of the grand jury regarding the allegations made against Sandusky, some of which allegedly occurred while Sandusky was on Paterno’s coaching staff.
Now, one of those individuals is facing charges himself. According to the Associated Press, Curley, along with PSU vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, have been charged with perjury and failure to report suspected sexual abuse of a minor.
Neither Curley nor Schultz have been arrested, but are expected to turn themselves in to police at some point today. While Sandusky was indicted yesterday, he wasn’t arrested and placed into custody until today.
Attempts by CFT to get a comment from Penn State regarding this stunning development have been unsuccessful.
Following Sandusky’s retirement, he was given an office in the school’s football building. It was a 2002 incident, three years after retirement, and Curley/Schultz failing to be forthcoming about it to the grand jury that led to the significant charges the officials are currently facing, according to the Patriot-News:
Attorney General Linda Kelly says Curley and Schultz perjured themselves by repeatedly denying, during the grand jury investigation, that they were told about an incident in 2002 that was reported by a graduate football assistant who walked [in] on Sandusky taking a shower with a young boy.
Kelly said, “rather than reporting the matter to law enforcement, Curley and Schultz agreed that Sandusky would be told he could not bring any Second Mile children into the football building. That message was also reportedly related to Dr. John Raykovitz at the Second Mile (Past Executive Director and Executive Vice-President and currently the President and CEO of the Second Mile),” the statement says.”
Despite that ban, which was reviewed by Penn State President Graham Spanier, there was no change in Sandusky’s status with the school, no changes to his access to campus, and no charges were brought.
Another instance of alleged sexual abuse occurred in May of 1998 in a locker room located in the PSU football building and involved the alleged inappropriate contact of a 12-year-old boy by Sandusky. The assistant would’ve been entering his second-to-last season at the school during the time of that alleged incident; he retired following the 1999 season. That incident was reported to police, but no charges were filed.
An incident from 1996 — again, while Sandusky was employed by the university and Curley was the AD — was also included in the litany of charges Sandusky’s facing.
Kelly, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, blasted the PSU administration for, in essence, turning a blind eye to an individual the state considers a predator.
“The failure of top university officials to act on reports of Sandusky’s alleged sexual misconduct, even after it was reported to them in graphic detail by an eyewitness, allowed a predator to walk free for years – continuing to target new victims,” Kelly said.