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3 ex-Penn State officials headed to trial

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A former Penn State president and two former top administrators have been ordered to stand trial on the charges against them in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

Dauphin County District Judge William Wenner found enough evidence against ex-President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz to send the case to county court.

Tuesday's ruling came at the end of a two-day preliminary hearing in Harrisburg.

"The magistrate has made his decision. We respect that decision even if we disagree with it," Spanier's co-counsel, Tim Lewis said after the hearing.

Prosecutors allege the men failed to tell police - and covered up - what they knew about a sexual abuse allegation involving Sandusky in 2001.

Each was bound over on all charges and now await trial for perjury before the grand jury that investigated Sandusky, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, three counts of conspiracy and failure to report suspected child abuse.

Formal arraignments in Dauphin County Court were scheduled for September 20.

The two-day hearing included testimony from the head of computer forensics for the state attorney general's office, who spoke Tuesday about finding emails that showed university officials knew of complaints about Sandusky in 1998 and 2001.

Prosecutors said in the emails, the three administrators apparently discussed how to handle the 2001 incident and a possible backlash against the university.

Curley's attorney, Caroline Roberto, said the emails would be explained at trial.

"When we are at trial and we can actually pursue what needs to be pursued related to the emails, you will be able to get a fuller impression of what was actually said and what was done," she said.

On Monday, a former Penn State assistant coach testified that he told head coach Joe Paterno, Schultz and Curley that he'd seen Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker room shower.

In his testimony, Mike McQueary said Paterno told him Penn State's administration "screwed up." He said Paterno also warned him that the university would come down on him and try to make him a scapegoat.

Lawyers for the three men questioned McQuery's credibility.

"How convenient for Mr. McQuery to remember that Mr. Paterno said to him, 'they're going to scapegoat you, they're going to turn on you.' How convenient for him to remember that just in time to litigate his whistle blower suit," Roberto said after the hearing. "How convenient there are no witnesses."

Schultz and Curley claim they weren't told in 2001 that Sandusky was molesting the boy, but that he was "horsing around" with a child in a locker room shower. Spanier says Curley and Schultz never told him about any sexual abuse.

Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was found guilty last year on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is appealing his 30- to 60-year prison sentence.


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