Court Hearing Approaching For Penn State Administrators Accused of Covering up Sex Scandal

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A preliminary hearing has been set for the three ex Penn State officials accused of covering up sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The long-awaited hearing for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz will start on July 29.
The case will be heard by District Judge William Wenner, who was also a former detective. Wenner has built a reputation for handling a number of high-profile grand jury cases. The hearing is expected to last about three days.
All three men deny they had any knowledge of the sexual abuse perpetrated by Sandusky. They claim that they were never led to believe that anything other than “horseplay” occurred between victim 2 and Sandusky in a locker room shower on campus.
According to the grand jury report, the men did not notify the police, but instead forbid Sandusky to bring any boys on the Penn State campus. The prosecuting attorney says that there is plenty of proof to support the conspiracy, failure to report suspected abuse, and obstruction charges brought against the men.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was forced from his position shortly after Sandusky’s arrest. Thomas Kline, the attorney who represents victim 5, calls the emails between the men as “shocking” and “eye-popping.” “The emails are significant and document the then conscious state-of-mind,” according to Kline.
The 2001 incident was witnessed by then Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary. He says he witnessed the boy being sexually assaulted in the shower and reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz. The men insist that the statements made by McQueery are false.
Sandusky, who was convicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse against minors, is currently serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence. Sandusky maintains his innocence and is appealing his sentence.
Paterno was ousted in 2011 and died shortly afterwards.

A preliminary hearing has been set for the three ex Penn State officials accused of covering up sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The long-awaited hearing for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz will start on July 29.

The case will be heard by District Judge William Wenner, who was also a former detective. Wenner has built a reputation for handling a number of high-profile grand jury cases. The hearing is expected to last about three days.

All three men deny they had any knowledge of the sexual abuse perpetrated by Sandusky. They claim that they were never led to believe that anything other than “horseplay” occurred between victim 2 and Sandusky in a locker room shower on campus.

According to the grand jury report, the men did not notify the police, but instead forbid Sandusky to bring any boys on the Penn State campus. The prosecuting attorney says that there is plenty of proof to support the conspiracy, failure to report suspected abuse, and obstruction charges brought against the men.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was forced from his position shortly after Sandusky’s arrest. Thomas Kline, the attorney who represents victim 5, calls the emails between the men as “shocking” and “eye-popping.” “The emails are significant and document the then conscious state-of-mind,” according to Kline.

The 2001 incident was witnessed by then Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary. He says he witnessed the boy being sexually assaulted in the shower and reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz. The men insist that the statements made by McQueery are false.

Sandusky, who was convicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse against minors, is currently serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence. Sandusky maintains his innocence and is appealing his sentence.

Paterno was ousted in 2011 and died shortly afterwards.

 

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