Three former Penn State University officials stand trial for several charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Former university President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Senior Vice President Gary Schultz were all alleged to have lied about their knowledge of two allegations made against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001, per CNN’s Sara Ganim.
Ganim adds all three have plead not guilty to criminal charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and failure to report child abuse.
Judge William Wenner said it is “a tragic day for Penn State University, to say the least.”
A year ago, Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts of sexually molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period and was subsequently ordered to serve a 30 to 60-year prison sentence. Sandusky has since maintained his innocence and is making an appeal.
Assistant football coach Mark McQueary testified on July 29 he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the locker room showers in February 2001. He then reported the incident to Schultz and Curley, who said they didn’t realize it was sexual in nature. Former head football coach Joe Paterno was also informed by McQueary.
An investigation spearheaded by former FBI Director Louis Freeh reveals Schultz, Curley and Spanier communicated by e-mail on how to respond to the alleged incident.
Their consensus was to ask Sandusky not to bring the boys from his charity to the school’s locker rooms. The e-mail exchange also shows Spanier brought up a 1998 sexual assault involving Sandusky and a young boy. Spanier denied any knowledge of the incident in front of a grand jury.
McQueary also testified he had conversations with Paterno about the incident in which the beloved former head coach said Penn State “screwed up” on the Sandusky child abuse scandal.