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Three ex-PSU officials will go to trial for Sandusky scandal

Graham Spanier AP

While it remains to be seen if Penn State’s NCAA sanctions will be overturned, the three former university admins at the heart of the Jerry Sandusky scandal will likely know their fate within the next year.

District Judge William Wenner said Tuesday that former PSU president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz will face trial on charges that include obstruction of justice, child endangerment and conspiracy.

“(This is) a tragic day for Penn State University, to say the least,” Wenner said.

Prosecutors say the three knew about allegations made against Sandusky in 1998 and in 2001, but failed to take appropriate action and later misled a grand jury about what they knew. All three have maintained their innocence. Exactly when the three former admins will face trial isn’t official, but it’s been speculated that it could start sometime in spring of next year.

Sandusky, the longtime assistant at PSU, is serving what basically amounts to a life sentence after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

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12 Responses to “Three ex-PSU officials will go to trial for Sandusky scandal”
  1. polegojim says: Jul 31, 2013 9:40 AM

    Agreed.

    Doing little-to-nothing was so very wrong.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2013 10:12 AM

    I almost wonder if they are innocent here.

    I mean who in their right mind could ever hear a story of a child being raped and think “oh well, the football program is doing well and we don’t wanna rock the boat…”

    If they are guilty, I think they should spend the rest of their lives in jail.

  3. Deb says: Jul 31, 2013 10:53 AM

    This isn’t the tragic day for Penn State. The tragic day for Penn State was the day these three cowards chose to shield a pedophile rather than face the momentary embarrassment of doing the right thing. The day they face justice for what that decision cost all the victims who came after–and what it cost their storied university–will be a great day for Penn State.

  4. dickroy says: Jul 31, 2013 11:36 AM

    Hi Deb!

    Very well said.

  5. tobeexact says: Jul 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    First of all ,i am a penn state fan and not afraid to admit that i am . After monday and hearing mcquerys testimony it only confirmed what I knew and that was that joe pa was the scap goat and not mcquery. I also believe that schultz and curely definitely either kept this quiet or sweep it under the rug and did not tell spanier the whole situation.
    I also believe they put a gag order on joe pa ,if you followed this from the beggining joe pa was not aloud to comment until after they fired him.
    I honestly believe curely and schultz covered up the 2001 incident ,but as far as the 1998 one , you cant cover up something or put in the news that you believe sandusky was a molestor when the police investigated it along with the district attorneys office and found no evidence of any wrong doing not even a tiny bit to enable them to take sandusky to court. So if they did they would probably had a few hundred million dollar lawsuit against them.
    And then there are the people who insist that joe pa could have and should have stopped sandusky from using the facilities which just blows my mind to even think he could.
    First of all you need a security card or id to enter those facilities , which sanduskys was not issued to him by joe pa but rather the bot and administrators who signed off on his retirement package . What was an 85 year old man who had to use a golf cart in order to be on the practice field suppose to do,go sleep at the entrance to the facility after he did his all day coaching job, are you serious.
    He had no authority to revoke sanduskys access nor did he as the media has put out there invest In the second mile charity and its a fact that when asked by sandusky to speak at his fund raisers joe pa refused.
    Again this is and always has been a criminal investigation and not an ncaa violation nor any of there biusness, with that being said i hope that curely and schultz get what they deserve and thats many years behind bars and sued for every dime they have . I also hope that during the trial everythinel se comes out about the bot.

  6. Deb says: Jul 31, 2013 2:12 PM

    Hi, Dickroy!

  7. cometkazie says: Jul 31, 2013 3:13 PM

    Hi Deb.

    Good to see you commenting!

  8. Deb says: Jul 31, 2013 4:05 PM

    Hi, cometkazie! Took a little break, but it’s getting to be that time of year again :)

  9. dutchman1350 says: Jul 31, 2013 4:12 PM

    I wonder what the headline will be when they are found not guilty? People want to rush to judgement without knowing the facts.

  10. jdh1016j says: Jul 31, 2013 6:52 PM

    If they are found not guilty, do molestation victims get to loot walmarts too?

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 31, 2013 7:01 PM

    Dutchman,

    The trial will bring the actual facts to light that will show that three of the most Senior administrators at Penn State did obstruct justice and did so with malice and forethought.

    This is going to be a show trial for the State AG that will look to score major political points by trying a sitting Republican Governor in absentia. Remember it not what happened,it’s what you can prove in court.

    The known email trail is damning enough to all three involved, and the PSU Board knows this. That is why all the settlements with the victims are being consummated now and I would not doubt, sealed. Penn State is moving on past the scandal which is great for the school and great for the program.

  12. dietrich43 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:12 PM

    I hope all three go to prison.

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