Penn St. officials arraigned on new charges

Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators were arraigned Friday on new accusations they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The hearing for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley on charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy lasted about 10 minutes in a suburban Harrisburg courtroom. Bail was set at $50,000.

Afterward, Schultz attorney Tom Farrell talked of the positive things the men have accomplished, along with their co-defendant, former Penn State president Graham Spanier.

"People of this character do not do, have not done what they're charged with," Farrell said.

Curley and Schultz shook hands and greeted each other warmly inside the courtroom but said little during the proceeding, after which they drove away to be fingerprinted.

Spanier has been out of state at a relative's funeral and will be arraigned on Wednesday, the judge said.

The three men were accused in a withering 39-page grand jury report that was made public Thursday of conspiring to conceal complaints about Sandusky, which gave him time and access to molest more boys before his arrest nearly a year ago.

Prosecutors alleged the men decided not to alert police or child welfare authorities after getting a 2001 report of Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said at a Capitol news conference Thursday that all three "knowingly testified falsely and failed to provide important information and evidence."

Spanier is charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz were first charged a year ago, with perjury and failure to report abuse. Trial on those counts is scheduled for January.

Spanier's lawyers asserted his innocence and described the new charges as an attempt by Gov. Tom Corbett to divert attention from the three-year Sandusky investigation that began under his watch as attorney general.

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