Curley, Schultz, Spanier plead not guilty, waive arraignment

From CDT staff reportsAugust 5, 2013 

Three former Penn State administrators pleaded not guilty to perjury, obstruction of justice and related charges and have waived their rights to a formal arraignment, according to documents released by Dauphin County Court on Monday.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were in front of District Judge William Wenner on July 29-30 during a preliminary hearing on chargers related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case at Penn State.

The men were ordered to stand trial in Dauphin County after the two-day hearing revolving around what prosecutors called a “conspiracy of silence.”

Eight witnesses were called over the two-day hearing. Charges were bound over last week, and transcripts of the hearings were released Friday.

Wenner ruled the men would stand trial on charges of covering up child abuse allegations against Sandusky.

The former administrators will still stand trial, although no date has been set and despite defense attorneys’ attempts to seek a dismissal because of what they argued was a lack of evidence.

Lawyers said last week they don’t expect the trial date to be sooner than early 2014, but Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday her office is ready.

“We certainly have more evidence than we put on at the preliminary hearing,” she said during an interview with the Centre Daily Times on Wednesday. “We’re looking forward to trial.”

The attorney general said evidence presented during the hearing included printouts of emails from 1998 and 2001 that show Spanier, Curley and Schultz discussed separate incidents involving Sandusky in campus locker room showers, a bill from 2001 showing Schultz consulted with a lawyer about suspected child abuse and hand-written notes Schultz took after learning of the 1998 incident.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted in June on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse and was sentenced in October to 30 to 60 years — basically what amounts to a life sentence — in state prison.

So far, the case has cost Penn State nearly $48 million in legal fees, consulting work and other associated costs.

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