Judge sets trial date for two Penn State administrators

Posted: August 19, 2012

A Dauphin County judge on Friday set a Jan. 7 trial date for two Pennsylvania State University administrators charged with concealing child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky and later lying about it to a grand jury.

The order came a day after lawyers for suspended university athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz asked to have the two counts they face - perjury and failure to report abuse - thrown out of court.

President Judge Todd A. Hoover has yet to rule on those requests. But Friday's scheduling of a date to start jury selection is a move forward in a case Curley's attorney said rested on "shifting sands."

Since the administrators' arrest in November, an ongoing attorney general's investigation has unearthed more evidence against Curley and Schultz, including a set of e-mails that prosecutors say incriminates both men in a cover-up.

The additions to the case have made it difficult to prepare an effective defense, Curley's lawyer, Caroline Roberto, said at Thursday's hearing.

"We are on shifting sands," she said. "We need an end point. We need determination. We need to know what we are defending against so we can move forward to trial."

Prosecutors say both men failed to notify authorities after then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary told them in 2001 that he had walked in on Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, molesting a boy in a locker-room shower. Curley and Schultz have denied the charges and said that they never fully understood the sexual nature of McQueary's allegation.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse in June. He awaits sentencing in the Centre County jail.

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