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Former Penn State officials will go to trial on all charges

Updated: Tuesday, July 30 2013, 06:20 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler
HARRISBURG — Three former Penn State administrators have been ordered to stand trial in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

A Pennsylvania district judge on Tuesday ruled that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley.

Prosecutors did what they wanted to do in the preliminary hearing - they proved to the judge that these three men should be brought to trial and a jury should decide if they should be found guilty of obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy, and perjury.
All charges relate to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Prosecutors argue that if the three men had told police about Mike McQueary witnessing Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a Penn State shower in 2001, at least three other boys would not have become victims in the following years.
Curley's attorney questioned McQueary's version of events, outlining reasons for McQueary's changing story.
Former football coach Joe Paterno, whom McQueary said he told about the shower incident, is now dead. 
"Number one, Mr. Paterno died, so there are - number two - no witnesses, and there is number three, Mike McQueary filed a whistle-blower suit where he is challenging Penn State for his firing," the attorney said.
The prosecution's most critical evidence may be emails among the three ment discussing how to handle the 2001 McQueary incident.
Curley wrote to Spanier and Schultz, allegedly referring to Sandusky, "I would plan to tell him we are aware of the first situation." 
Grand jury testimony read into the record Tuesday put Spanier on the record claiming to know nothing about a 1998 police investigation into Sandusky. 
The email response from Spanier could be considered hauntingly prescient: Spanier wrote in response to a plan to confront Sandusky and tell him to no longer bring guests into locker rooms, "The only downside for us is if the message isn't heard and acted upon and we become vulnerable for not having reported it."
Defense attorneys say all evidence will be put into context during trial.

Former Penn State officials will go to trial on all charges


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