HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Two top officials at Penn State University have been charged with perjury in the sexual abuse case involving a former coach.
Jerry Sandusky is being charged with sexual abuse after a two-year grand jury investigation.
Now, Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz are facing perjury charges.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, a graduate assistant observed Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with what appeared to be a 10-year-old boy.
The graduate assistant then called his father to seek advice about what he had just witnessed. They decided the proper course of action was to alert head coach Joe Paterno to the situation.
After meeting with the graduate assistant, Paterno called Curley and met with him the following day.
About a week later, the graduate assistant was called into a meeting with Curley and Schultz.
“Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency as required by Pennsylvania law. Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack first-hand,” Attorney General Linda Kelly said.
Sandusky was told he could no longer bring any children from Second Mile into the football building.
“Sandusky’s ‘emeritus’ position, alleged negotiated as part of his 1999 retirement, provided him with an office in the Lasch Football Building, unlimited access to all football facilities, including the locker room, access to all recreational facilities, a parking pass, a university Internet account, listing in the faculty directory and numerous other privileges – he had remained a regular presence on campus,” Kelly said.
Kelly also said the perjury charges stem from testimony given to the grand jury while discussing their response to a 2002 report of sexual assault on a child in the showers.
Curley denied being told about Sandusky’s alleged sexual misconduct with a child.
Schultz had said the allegations were not that serious and there was no indication that a crime had occurred.
During their investigation, the grand jury identified eight young men who were the target of Sanducky’s advances ranging from 1994 to 2009.
Sandusky is facing a list of charges including, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.
Curley and Schultz are each facing one count of perjury and one count of failure to report.
If convicted of perjury, they could face up t seven years in prison and be fined $15,000.