Three former Penn State University officials, including the school’s former president, were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in the alleged cover-up of accusations against one-time assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in allegations of child abuse against Sandusky.
Former president Graham Spanier, one-time vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley will face trial after a ruling by District Judge William Wenner following a two-day preliminary hearing in Harrisburg. All three face charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and endangering the welfare of children. Spanier was also charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse.
The three men are accused of failing to act on, and in effect covering up, allegations that Sandusky had been seen engaging in sexual activity with a juvenile boy in the showers at a Penn State locker room facility in 2001. Spanier had testified that he was unaware of a police investigation into similar allegations against Sandusky in 1998.
Sandusky was convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, and was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison. He continues to maintain his innocence, and is attempting to appeal his sentence.