PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — A Penn State spokeswoman said Sunday that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been barred from the university’s campus after he was charged this weekend with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.
The 67-year-old Sandusky, a one-time top lieutenant to long-time head coach Joe Paterno, is a native of Washington County.
Prosecutors describe Sandusky as a sexual predator and say he used the Second Mile charity he founded to befriend the eight boys he’s accused of assaulting.
The Penn State Board met in executive session Sunday evening, about half the board members were present while others joined by phone.
According to the Associated Press, the Board says Athletic Director Tim Curley and Finance Vice President Gary Schultz are stepping down. Also, a task force will review school policies related to kids’ safety.
The Associated Press also reports that a Penn State spokesperson said the resignations of Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier were not discussed at the meeting.
According to prosecutors, some of the alleged incidents took place at Penn State’s football facilities – over a 13- to 15-year span – both before and after Sandusky retired from coaching in 1999.
Curley and Schultz are facing perjury charges, and accused of not reporting an alleged sex abuse incident involving Sandusky to police, as the law mandates.
Schultz’s lawyer says he’ll seek dismissal of the perjury charge against his client because, among other things, the statute of limitations has run out and the mandatory reporting law only applies to those people who come into direct contact with suspected child abuse victims.
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