July 30, 2013

Judge: 3 Penn State ex-officials to stand trial in abuse case

The university's former president, vice president and athletic director are accused of covering up the abuse by ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.

By Marc Levy / The Associated Press

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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse on Monday in Harrisburg, Pa. Spanier faces charges in the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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The three were charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Those charges include allegations of hiding evidence from investigators and lying to the grand jury.

Spanier's lawyer, Elizabeth Ainslie, told Wenner that the case against him "amounts to innuendo and far-fetched inference." Meanwhile, Curley's lawyer, Caroline Roberto, took aim at McQueary, saying his testimony included "embellishment" and that every time he testifies he says "something more or different."

On Monday, McQueary also testified that Paterno criticized Penn State's handling of the Sandusky allegation and Paterno warned him that school officials would try to make him a scapegoat.

Penn State and the Paterno family declined to comment.

Curley and Schultz were initially charged in November 2011, when Sandusky was arrested, and accused of perjury and failure to properly report the incident.

Spanier was forced out as president at that time. A year later, he was charged with covering up a complaint about Sandusky while additional charges were filed against Curley and Schultz. Spanier remains a faculty member on administrative leave.

Paterno was fired and died in January 2012.

For Penn State's scandal-weary denizens, some no longer follow the criminal case and simply hope the spotlight will go away, while others who were aware of Tuesday's ruling were indifferent.

Keisha Odunze, 21, a Penn State graduate headed to medical school in State College, said she thought the administrators took part in a cover-up, but was anxious to see the case move to trial to reach a resolution.

"I feel everyone has taken their sweet, old time and the victims and the victims' families want to hear something ... right now because their children were affected," Odunze said. "I feel the least they could do is take it to trial to get a verdict."

Odunze said a trial also offers Penn State an opportunity for vindication should a jury acquit the defendants.

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