Penn State sex case gets even uglier
The sex scandal swirling around the Penn State football program became even uglier Saturday with news that athletic director Tim Curley and another school administrator were charged with perjury and failure to report in an investigation into allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight young boys.
The 67-year-old Sandusky was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail, while the 57-year-old Curley and 62-year-old vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz were expected to turn themselves in Monday. Schultz oversees the university’s police department.
Sandusky, who was the face of the Nittany Lions' rise to a national defensive powerhouse as Linebacker U. and who was once considered the heir apparent to legendary head coach Joe Paterno, retired in 1999. He has predominantly worked with at-risk children through his Second Mile organization since leaving the game. Prosecutors said all of the young men involved in this case first encountered Sandusky through his organization.
Sandusky was charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child and seven counts of indecent assault among other offenses. A grand jury identified eight young men who were targets of Sandusky from 1994 to 2009.
According to authorities, Paterno immediately went to Curley when he heard about the first report of abuse.
University president Graham Spanier labeled the allegations against Sandusky as "troubling" but said Curley and Schultz have his unconditional support and believe they will be exonerated.
"I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," he said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee."
The cases of abuse are clearly awful, but the idea of high-ranking university officials failing to report the sexual assaults after learning of the information and later making false statements to a grand jury certainly rocks a program that has been known for its clean image in the Paterno era.
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