Former Penn State Pres., AD to Face Trial for Abuse Coverup

by Sterling Beard

Pennsylvania district judge William Wenner has ordered a criminal trial for a trio of ex–Penn State officials, including the president and the former athletic director, charging that they helped cover up the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. 

Sandusky was sentenced in October 2012 to 30–60 years in prison for abusing ten boys during his tenure as defensive coordinator of Penn State’s football team. The former Penn State officials are accused of a “conspiracy of silence” for failing to report to authorities a 2001 allegation that Sandusky was caught abusing a boy in the school’s locker room. A former assistant football coach, Mike McQueary, testified that he witnessed the abuse and reported it to Curley, Schultz, and the late Joe Paterno, Penn State’s then–head coach. 

Former president Graham Spanier, former senior vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley have previously been charged in connection with the scandal. In 2011, Curley and Schultz were charged with perjury and failure to report the suspected abuse. In 2012, all three were charged by a grand jury with endangering the welfare of children, criminal conspiracy, and obstruction of justice (Spanier was also charged with perjury).