Fresh charges filed against ex-Penn State officials in Sandusky case
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier faces charges in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
November 1st, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Fresh charges filed against ex-Penn State officials in Sandusky case

[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.

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  1. ExPAVIC

    More to it

    As this writer has been saying for some time, it was the Penn State Board of Trustees who knew of all the details and failed to act as required by the University's Charter. Thus, it is the Board that should be charged since they have ultimate say over what does or does not happen at Penn State. And, be assured they knew about everything very early on and refused to act.

    They are thus the most guilty party.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina Lousise

      Don't forget the school principal who sent the boys to certain abuse. And she knew it!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Freddie Kreeger

    They need to round up that lady middle school principal who was sending young boys to Sandusky – even after parents were complaining to her what that dog was doing to them. She laughed them off and took Sandusky payoff money. Someone needs to get that witch for good!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      why were the parents complaining to her instead of to police?

      November 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      Where is this story about a middle school teacher and parents complaining to her. Sounds made up.

      Victim 1 was not believed by his female high school principal when he told her of abuse by Sandusky. She suggested he and his mother go home and think it over before filing a complaint. However, she promptly reported it to child protection services as required by law.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herbert

    Seiroulsy the most impossible to navigate comments section is world history lol

    November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lewy

    These pedophile-enablers will be convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Surrender Dorothy

    FINE! I WONT COMMENT! Sheesh

    November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. davidabarak

    Whaddya' bet it's something like 30 days in jail (maybe even suspended), five years probation, and $10,000 fines?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      Because everyone else in this case has gotten off oh so easy.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charlotte

    I never would have imagined that Penn State is just a branch of the Roman Catholic Church, but apparently so.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      There were not enough abusers signing on through the Boy Scouts of America, so they (the Roman Catholic Church) had to recruit elsewhere.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jeff odette

    I vote for exeution of prdos.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nurse143

    It is about time for these charges. But still the most disturbing people besides Sandusky who are not charged, are McQueary and the janitor who both witnessed abuse in person and not only didn't intervene, they indefensibly left the kids alone with their rapist and didn't call police; and also, the wife who claims she heard no screams in the basement.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I agree, especially with respect to McQueary. Here is a man, a 28 year old former football player, who had the physique to stop the crime. His failure to intervene makes hime a coward and a conspirator in the crime. He is an embarassment to the males of the human species. I am pretty sure that most women, even a thin 5'0" woman, would have intervened. Women just seem to have protection of children in their heart, and they are willing to risk their own safety to save a child.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Gee, maybe the should change the school's name from "Penn State" to "State Pen."

    November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Wow, that was creative! Moron...

      November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Riley

    It is about time. They should remove all aspects of this group of executives including joe paterino from the university. Change the library name and destroy all statues.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      So, people are more important than money? You don't sound very "humane".

      November 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tim

    people who molest children are raised by people who are not friends to children. You want to stop child molesting? Teach people how to raise children with love and respect not cruelty and abuse. No one is off the hook when it comes to these type of issues.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jefftexas

      Phillydrifer, Sandusky did retire in Jan 1999, he was also banned from campus until Nov 1999 when the board allowed him to bring kids from his charity there, they did so because the DA said there was no evidence he did anything wrong.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      were there reports of sandusky having a bad childhood? I missed those

      November 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. freshnewblog

    Some one deleted an email and now 2 guys have to go to jail? I am not convinced of their guilt yet.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ma & pa

    Some of you said a little of how far this evil goes. It must be tracked wherever it is and prosecuted around the world. Catching Sandusky has given Justice a small window of hope to catch the smiling, self-rightous, slimey pillars of authority who intimidate or shock us into disbelieving silence when we think to report them and their smirking lackeys. NOW, after attacks are proven, some of you have the gall to speak against the assistant coach who raised his 'One Small Voice' against the stonewall of the ol' boy's corrupt authority. You appear to have no idea of the amount of courage it took to speak against the system that has the corrupt power to ruin and smear you so bad that you might never get a job Or Be Believed again, ever. Any small strength we have is steadfastly placed in support of the reporting assistant coach and any he sought to protect. Bless them.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      Mike McQueary was not an assistant coach in 2001, he was a graduate student. He never reported what he saw in 2001 to police until they sought him out about a decade later.

      He did the wrong thing in 2001 by saying and doing nothing when he was a few feet away from Sandusky and a boy in a compromising position in the shower. He did the wrong thing by not immediately calling 911. He did the wrong thing by not contacting police when he realized that nothing was done to Sandusky after he reported it to Curley and Schultz.

      I don't think McQueary showed courage at all. I think he didn't call 911 in 2001 because he was worried that he'd be labeled a snitch and never coach college football. His cowardice has forever shamed him, his family and friends and ruined the reputation of Penn State.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mari

    Really...if it were true would you admit it??? Probably not, which how we know you are LYING!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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