[Updated at 1:01 p.m. ET] New charges have been filed against three former Penn State officials in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal, accused of having "used their positions to conceal and cover up for years the activities of a known child predator," Pennsylvania's attorney general said Thursday.
Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier – charged for the first time in the case – and former Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex-Vice President Gary Schultz now face the same five charges: obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse.
"(The three defendants) worked to actively conceal the truth with total disregard to the children who were victims in this case,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly told reporters Thursday.
The scandal, which erupted nearly a year ago, led to the firing of Spanier and longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January. Curley and Schultz had been charged with some of the counts – perjury and failure to report allegations of abuse – previously; both pleaded not guilty at the time.
Sandusky, the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison in October.
Jurors determined that Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, used his access to university facilities and his foundation for underprivileged youths to abuse the boys sexually. During the trial, a 23-year-old man identified as Victim No. 4 testified that he was 13 when Sandusky sexually abused him in a university shower.
Less than a month after Sandusky's conviction, former FBI Director Louis Freeh released his university-funded report that said Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz took part in a cover-up to avoid bad publicity.
Attorneys for Spanier blasted the review, calling it a "blundering, indefensible indictment" and "a flat-out distortion of facts" that was "infused with bias and innuendo."
Spanier told The New Yorker magazine's Jeffrey Toobin in August that he had no recollection of e-mails he is accused of exchanging with top university officials over two specific allegations of abuse involving Sandusky: one in 1998 and another in 2001.
"I am aware, as I said in my letter to the board of trustees, that I was apparently copied on two e-mails," Spanier told Toobin. "I didn't reply to them. The first e-mail that I saw didn't mention anybody's name. It simply said something to the effect of 'The employee will be interviewed tomorrow,' something like that, no name mentioned. Then, about five weeks later, I think it was, I was copied on another e-mail that said, 'The interview has been completed, the investigation has been completed, nothing was found, Jerry felt badly that the kid might have felt badly.' "
Spanier, Curley and Schultz are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday, Kelly said.
Asked if Paterno would have faced the same charges if he were alive, Kelly said: "Mr. Paterno is deceased. The defendants charged in this case are Curley, Schultz and Spanier. I'm not going to speculate or comment on Mr. Paterno’s relationship to this investigation. Mr. Paterno is dead, and that’s the end of it."
Sandusky is seeking a new trial. For more on Thursday's developments, click here.
Hope he gets convicted of child endangerment. I expect bad people to lie about stuff they do so I am not impressed with a perjury conviction. He should be convicted for knowingly letting a child molester get away with it.
@Dave, "expectations" don't determine whether a crime is more worthy of charging someone with, or what will sate people's vengence.
Spanier can potentially be proven guilty of perjury and obstruction. AT LEAST ONE PERSON is guilty of child endangerment (whoever knew child services wasn't contacted ... it is plausible one person said they did it and told the other two, such as Schultz), but proving Spanier is guilty of that may be too tough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Perjury seems like a failure -- like putting Capone in jail for not paying taxes and forgetting about all themurders
It is about time.
This is the story that just won't end...
Nor should it - until they untangle that mare's nest of deception and self-serving depraved indifference.
About time !!! Any of those adults that knew and yet abandoned those young boys need to be charged with aiding and abetting child abuse.
One by one. Get'm all!!
Throw him in the same cell with Sandusky. These people who protect pedophiles are as bad as the pedophiles themselves. I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.
Hopefully this guy gets jail! He looks to smug!
If people were solely judged on their looks you'd be locked up too.
Urrntrite, funny! Urrite!
To smug, perchance to dream
Sounds like he's lying about his lies.
PSU .... euwwww
It is a shame that Paterno is did not survive to have his day in court as well.
Yes, it is a shame that Paterno didn't get a chance to clear his name instead of being slandered by the press because he had the most recognizable name
Deb ~ the consequences have only just started
A day that would never of happened. There was no criminal case against him, remember? I want to see the real criminal face justice too, but a witch hunt does not do that
The pathetic Sandusky used the University has his playhouse and used underprivileged youths and setup up a foundation where he could pick and choose his victims. The President of the University knew of this and he did nothing. These underprivileged kids had no one to speak for them, let us speak for them now by throwing away the keys and locking up these monsters for ever.
There are a lot of others involved. Why do you think they are whining so much? Get them all!
I happen to agree with you. I think the entire Board of Directors was complicit, either directly or indirectly and I'm amazed (and I have to say, outraged) that they are almost all still there.
Hopefully this pedophile enabler will get some first hand experience in prison as to what it allowed Sandusky do to its victims.
Good! Quite frankly, his but belongs in the cell next to Sandusky. Along with the Athletic Director! Hope they throw the book at this sorry excuse for human flesh!
" .... I was apparently copied on two e-mails."
" ... something like that, no name mentioned. Then, about five weeks later, I think it was, I was copied on another e-mail..."
"Jerry felt bad....." !!! "Are you kidding me ? He made this statement in August. Sandusky was convicted in June. Sounds to me like he is defending Sandusky in this interview.
These are quotes from the president of a prestigious university? They sound like quotes from an individual that is trying to cover his tracks. Can't wait for this trial.
its about time....keep going, your not done yet, get the wives and the son of paterno also....they all knew...get the resignations of the board....yes, the entire board....
Jenny, you can be assured that this is NOT the end of it, but will the investigation continue...I think not...because there are soooo many more people involved in very high places. If ordinary people knew how many of these sickos were in their mitst, they would be floored...I bet each and every day, you talk to one...laugh with one...work with one. They are everywhere, but especially in high places because they know how to get away with it and they form groups and exchange photos AND live children...think the worst and then multiply it by about a hundred and you might be close to what is really going on...why do you think the original DA is missing?
Tom Corbett who was AG when this went down and covered it up because he wanted to be governor some day.
The Dept of Public welfare case worker who did nothing and now doesn't remember anything
The Child and Youth case worker who did nothing
The Centre County DA staff who dropped the charges (yes Gricar is dead) but others knew
The Centre County Prosecutor who refuse to talk to Freeh.
The State Police, The Local Police and Campus Police who knew and did nothing.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven and nothing is being done about the fact that Sandusky wasn't charged in 1998. For political reasons, it easier to let Penn State take the fall. The Freeh report recommended an investigation. The current AG was appointed by Corbett and she won't do anything to offend him or the Republican Party if she's looking for higher office. Maybe a judgeship as a reward?.
you are 100% correct. if these people are made to pay for what they have done, people in the future may not be so willing to cover this horrible crime up (or any other).
Portia, sadly I think you aren't too far off.
cite your sources. Where has it been shown or proven that Sue Paterno or his son knew about any of thise? Also, Joe Paterno had ONE wife, not wives. This article has nothing to do with Paterno, why do you feel the need to bring him up?
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