Two Penn State administrators have appeared before a district judge in Dauphin County to be arraigned on additional charges in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
District Judge William Wenner on Friday set bail at $50,0000 unsecured for retired university vice president Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, the athletic director now on leave until the last year of his contract expires.
Wenner also scheduled a preliminary hearing for November 12.
Schultz and Curley, charged last year with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse, now face additional felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy to commit perjury, and conspiracy to commit child endangerment, along with misdemeanor counts of obstruction and conspiracy to commit obstruction.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier faces the same charges and is scheduled to be arraigned before Wenner on November 7.
Attorney General Linda Kelly said Thursday that Spanier, Schultz and Curley engaged in a “conspiracy of silence” to conceal information about suspected child abuse involving Sandusky, including on-campus incidents in 1998 and 2001, and obstructing the criminal investigation into the former assistant football coach.
Attorneys for Curley and Schultz said their clients are innocent of all charges.
The day before the additional charges were filed, Curley and Schultz filed a pair of motions seeking to have the earlier of perjury dismissed, citing a conflict of interest by Cynthia Baldwin, the university's then-chief counsel who
accompanied them to their appearances before the grand jury that investigated Sandusky.
Their attorneys said Curley and Schultz believed Baldwin was representing them, but her grand jury testimony was used to support the new charges. Baldwin, a former state Supreme Court justice, testified that Curley, Schultz and Spanier not only knew of allegations made against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001, but lied to her when they told her they had no documentation of the reports.
“When we read the presentment, we were stunned, we were flabbergasted,
that she would have testified against our clients,” said Curley's lawyer, Caroline Roberto.
“My father always told me if you have nothing
good to say about someone, don't say anything, so I'll just say one
thing,” said Tom Farrell, Schultz's attorney. “Based upon the testimony of someone who has betrayed her clients
and her profession and testified falsely.”
The attorneys did
not comment on whether Curley or Schultz would testify at
their trial set to begin in January.
Roberto also refused to comment on the health of Curley, who is battling lung cancer, saying her client's health is a personal matter.