Attorney general wants to combine charges against Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz

mdawson@centredaily.comSeptember 20, 2013 

From left: Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. They have all entered not-guilty pleas and waived their formal arraignment.


The Attorney General’s Office wants to proceed with one trial encompassing all the charges against the three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer filed a notice with Dauphin County court on Thursday, saying that the allegations against Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are the same.

Their cases, though, have proceeded at different times. Curley and Schultz were first accused of perjury and failure to report abuse in a grand jury presentment in November 2011, and their case was bound over for possible trial after a preliminary hearing a month later.

Curley, Schultz and Spanier were charged after a second grand jury presentment came out in November 2012. That presentment outlined charges of obstruction of justice, child endangerment and conspiracy against all three, and it contained allegations of perjury and failure to report against Spanier.

The lawyers for the three former university leaders have vowed to fight the charges in court.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz waived their appearances at their formal arraignments in Dauphin County court, which would have been Friday.

The trial is not expected until next year.

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