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. Portland tony

    Somewhat similar to the Spanish Inquisition ....Discredit and remove all those who appear to be guilty of a crime that we will decide upon after executing them.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. educational fraud

    Penn State got it all wrong. They are not accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada who allows their schools to cover up child molestation for education based on "exceptions." Penn State just did not have the correct accreditor or contacts with the AAEU to get away with what they were doing. period.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lucianne

    Penn State also has one of the bests science/technology/engineering and business schools in the country. Also more grant money than anyone but MIT. Paterno had a lot to do with that. Spanier deliberately turned a blind eye, didn't ask the right questions. The kids, including students, did nothig wrong. On the other hand, Governor Corbett was AG for Pennsylvaia and put this on the back burner until he was elected, after which he did nothing. Fortunately someone else did. People are never either all bad or all good. Paterno was certainly guilty of hubris in addiiton to ignoring evidence of a very dreadful crime, Spanier of a HUGE sin of omission. All of the educators have paid with their careers. Let's not take it out on the kids, but let's do insist on appropriate safeguards so neither this nor any other school decides it would be okay to ignore crimes like this.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robin Jones

    These so-called leaders need to stand trial. But the magnitude of their crime is tiny in comparison to that of the Roman Catholic Church. It's long past time to put the Pope on trial.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    As long as we are pursuing everybody connected to this Sandusky abomination, one has to ask: How did all of these young men get in this helpless predicament in the first place. Someone had to have known. Boys talk...Was there no one listening. Regardless, they are far more guilty of crimes against children that the college administration!

    November 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      What "young men"? They were little boys at the time. Are you assuming the kids knew each other and discussed humiliating things at school? They were almost certainly separated by time and space. I seriously doubt they had any say in the matter. Astute pedophiles choose children who's parents are not likely to be very dedicated to their well being. Their parents were relieved to have someone take them whether for a day or many days. How they took them was not of concern, and such parents refuse to listen to negative comments about a "benefactor."

      November 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Sorry I replied; your post is garbled. Maybe less Coors for you.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ma & pa

    If Paterno could have been persuaded to name names the borders of the monster would be easier to find, leaving the community to look and learn how to never let the monster regrow. We know some think they know who we are. We will say anyway that from the mid-50s Paterno's god was a winning at any cost 'machine' that must be kept appearing spotless at all cost. He cared nothing for the misuse, suffering and shock of carefully groomed for abuse children. There was no hope reporting anything within his hearing. He and his lakeys delt with reports in ways that kept the winning machine he worshiped rolling over everyone he could see in it's way. [that same monster lurks in world politics]. He stonewalled. He's dead? yes, dead center of a still-living monster that uses precious children like pawns or gambling chips. Every such user must be eradicated.6

    November 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      You are so right, but Paterno is not the one to blame.....there are many culpable individuals that didn't listen or were to busy to listen as these young men were shuffled here and there to please the pedophile. Those closer to the children allowed this to happen. The administration at Penn State wasn't looking for pedophiles, therefore they found none.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ma & pa

    The state college 'monster' is an example of how any group, religion or ideology can be harmed by some form of greed. Within almost any group there are those who want only good for everyone, within their experience of good. Condemning entire groups harms the innocents within those groups.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ma & pa

    we agree. EVERY ONE OF THEM, EVERYWHERE stopped from using others so. That says we must be vigilant but not vigilantes. Be just in our doings and judgments.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. georgeaka BUBBA

    Sandusky needs a roommate...........................

    November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirty Harry

      Ted Kazinski would be a lovely roommate

      November 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve Lyons

    I hope the charges stick and that they are FELONY charges as well. Maybey they should toss in "accessory after the fact" to add one more

    November 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cindy

    Are Brock and Perry at the Boy Scouts next to go down?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    Spanier, Shultze & Curley heard about allegations & did Nothing to Protect young boys from being Ra.ped! They are guilty of all allegations against them! It is a sad fact that more of our boys are victims of this horrendous crime than our girls! And boys don't talk, they internalize! They grow up w/a lot of anger/depression & have trouble forming intimate relationships! I know this from talking to male friends who opened up about being ra.ped at the age of 8-9-10, by some1 they & their family trusted! Now let's go after the RCC! No org or church should be able to do this to our kids w/impunity! A se.xual crime is almost like murder, it kills a spirit & puts its owner in turmoil! That's horrible for an adult, devastating to a child!!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Not "the priests"

    These "fresh charges" have not been made against Jerry Sandusky. They have been made against people who enabled Jerry Sandusky.
    Soon, this is how we will handle religious leaders who keep their own "Mr. and Mrs. Sanduskies" secret from the police. Currently, religious leaders are allowed by law to keep secret from the police members known to be child stalkers/raypers. Of course God's laws require religious leaders to report all crimes, especially those uncovered during confessionals. God does not dwell in the darkness of these men who hide behind mens laws and traditions according to His word.
    Under God's laws, failing to report a crime is more serious than actually committing a crime. Without those who look the other way and keep it a secret, the criminal simply would not be able to stalk and raype for years and ge ith it.
    Prosecute all religious leaders who know of crimes yet fail to call the police.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Not "the priests"

    Priests do NOT pay their own legal fees, and even after being found guilty of raypeing underaged males, are placed on probation and viewed as men who need medical attention rather than being viewed as common criminals.
    Even after underaged male victim family lawsuits are decided in court, Catholic Archdicese then file for bancruptcy protection rather than paying the millions of dollars ordered by the court.
    11 Catholic Archdiocese have filed for bancruptcy protection trying to avoid paying damages. Rarely is a priest or any of his accomplices sent to prison even after being caught red-handed statutory raypeing underaged males. Very rarely.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Prosecute secret keepers

    Every single religious leader and churchgoer who know of underaged children being rayped by members of the church and fail to call the police are GUILTY (d WILL be prosecuted to the extent of the law, even God's law that requires crimes to be reported to the proper authorities. A priest cannot absolve you of your crimes anymore than he can absolve himself for his.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
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