The preliminary hearing for the three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky has been set for next month, court officials announced Tuesday.
Ex-president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and retired senior vice president Gary Schultz will be in court Dec. 13. The hearing will start at 9 a.m. in Dauphin County Courthouse and will continue to the next day if more time is needed.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz were indicted Nov. 1 in what state Attorney General Linda Kelly called a “conspiracy of silence.”
Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, child endangerment, failure to report abuse and conspiracy charges.
Curley and Schultz — already indicted last year on perjury and failure to report abuse charges — were charged with obstruction, child endangerment and conspiracy.
The new charges stemmed from evidence turned up in former FBI director Louis Freeh’s probe into how the university handled allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001. Freeh turned up emails that suggest the three leaders discussed the Sandusky incidents, and a confidential file on Sandusky was found in Schultz’s office.
The attorneys for the three men have maintained that their clients are innocent and vowed to fight the charges.
Curley and Schultz are scheduled for trial in January in Harrisburg on the perjury and failure to report charges that came from the first indictment in November 2011.
Penn State has spent almost $21 million on legal fees, public relations firms and consultants as it has responded to the Sandusky scandal’s fallout.
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