Two Penn State university officials who are accused of misleading a grand jury in their investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky have stepped down, the university said early Monday morning.
Penn State Athletic Director Timothy Curley, 57, and Gary Schultz, 62, the university's senior vice president for finance and business, face charges of one count of perjury each.
They stepped down late Sunday after an emergency meeting of the university's board of trustees.
Curley and Schultz "allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys," Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said over the weekend.
Earlier, Penn State President Graham Spanier said Curley and Schultz have his "unconditional support."
"I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee," he said, adding that the charges are "groundless."
Curley requested to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote time needed to defend himself, the university said Monday. Schultz will go into retirement, it said.
The man at the center of the case is former assistant football coach Sandusky, 67, who served 23 years as defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions,
Sandusky allegedly engaged in fondling, oral sex and anal sex with young boys over a period of more than 10 years, according to an investigative grand jury's summary of testimony.FULL STORY