UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State trustees said there were three grand jury investigations into Jerry Sandusky prior to the one that led to the charges being filed.
"We were told in May of 2011, by Cynthia Baldwin, this was the fourth grand jury that was convened. The prior three led to no charges,” trustee Mark Dambly said during a 20-minute interview with the Centre Daily Times at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Baldwin is the university’s in-house counsel. She was with former athletic director Tim Curley and now retired administrator Gary Schultz when they testified in January 2011 before a grand jury investigating child sex abuse charges against the former defensive coordinator.
Dambly said Baldwin told trustees during a quick briefing -- described as five minutes long -- during the trustees meeting last year. He said he didn't know further details.
Baldwin was not in her office in Old Main Thursday morning. Her assistant said she'd relay a message from reporters seeking comment.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo said he had no information about any prior grand juries and declined to comment further.
University spokesman Bill Mahon said he had heard there were prior grand juries but didn't know details.
Several trustees are meeting with state and local media today as part of a public relations effort to explain the board’s side of the story.
"We felt it was in the best interest of the university community to explain what happened and why we made the decisions we made," trustee Joel N. Myers said.
The board will meet for its regular meeting at 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn. A press conference will follow the meeting, at about 3 p.m.
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