Ex-Penn State AD pleads guilty in abuse case

  • Ex-Penn State AD pleads guilty in abuse case

Ex-Penn State AD pleads guilty in abuse case

Former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz pleaded guilty Monday morning for their alleged role in the Jerry Sandusky cover up.

Ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex-Vice President Gary Schultz were initially charged with felonies - but struck a deal in which they agreed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge.

McQueary said he had informed Spanier, Curley and Schultz of witnessing Sandusky abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001. Spanier was charged the following year on similar grounds and at the same time Curley and Schultz had the obstruction and conspiracy charges added. Senior Judge John Boccabella noted that no agreement on the sentencing had taken place, however.

As Penn Live notes, the pleas also open the possibility they may testify against former university President Graham Spanier, the only remaining defendant in the case.

"We are, of course, deeply concerned with any action or inaction that might endanger the welfare of a child".

Paterno, who died in 2012 aged 85, had been criticized for failing to inform police of abuse allegations against Sandusky made by assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later.

The 73-year-old Sandusky, for his part, is serving a term of 30 to 60 years in prison.

Shortly after Sandusky's arrest, Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno was sacked.

"Hats off to the judicial system that they stayed the course on this one and really honored the child victims in this case", said Angela Liddle, President and CEO of Family Support Alliance, which works to prevent child abuse.

A charge of failure to report suspected child abuse against each man was quashed in February.

According to investigators, McQueary went to Paterno a day after the shower encounter to discuss what he had seen.

Baldwin previously agreed to represent Spanier, Curley and Shultz when Penn State received a subpoena.