Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz were ordered July 30 to stand trial on charges that they helped cover up former football coach Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse of children.

A Pennsylvania judge ordered the three to face trial on charges of perjury, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and other related counts.

According to District Judge William Wenner, prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial. Wenner said it was “a tragic day for Penn State University.”

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, which involved 10 victims during a period of 15 years, in June 2012. He has been sentenced to serve at least 30 years in prison. Sandusky has maintained his innocence and is appealing the conviction.

Mike McQueary, a former football team assistant, testified that he saw Sandusky and a boy engaged in a sex act in the shower, and also said he reported the incident to then-coach Joe Paterno, Curley and Schultz. Paterno was fired and later died in January 2012.

The three are due to be arraigned in Harrisburg, Pa., on Sept. 20.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer