Accused of lying about sex crimes, two Penn. State university officials have been released on $75,000 bond of charges arising from their alleged inaction when informed of possible sex crimes carried out by a university football coach, Jerry Sandusky. The two men are Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business of the university, and Timothy Curley, the school’s athletic director.
The charges brought against them stem from accusations that boys at the school were sexually abused by the school football team’s defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. The sex crimes and sexual abuse allegedly occurred repeatedly between 1994 and 2009.
Charges against the two school officials included (1) failing to report the suspected abuse to authorities and (2) perjury. Sandusky allegedly abused at least eight boys sexually. Criminal charges against him include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He was also released after posting a $100,000 bond.
Each of the defendants has denied the charges, pleading not guilty. The state’s Attorney General has indicated that the investigation of the case is continuing, and that more criminal charges may later be filed. Investigators are seeking more information, in particular, among a 2002 incident in which Sandusky allegedly was observed having sex with an as yet unidentified boy. The report of this incident was allegedly made by a graduate assistant at the school, and authorities are hoping that the victim of the alleged crime will himself come forward.
Authorities claim that the charged school officials took no action against the football coach despite receiving eyewitness reports a number of times about his conduct with the children. They further claimed that the two charged school officials, when questioned before a grand jury investigating the allegations of abuse, made untruthful statements to try to cover up their prior inaction.
Source: cnn.com, “More charges, victims possible in Penn State sex abuse case,” Nov. 9, 2011