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Ex-Penn State officials to stand trial on Sandusky coverup charges

A judge ruled Tuesday that there's enough evidence for a full trial of three top former Penn State officials on charges that they covered up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz (l.), former Penn State president Graham Spanier (c.), and former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley (r.) will stand trial on charges accusing them of a coverup in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Brad Bower/AP/File and Matt Rourke/AP/File

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Three former high-ranking officials at Penn State University are headed to trial on charges that they covered up the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

State prosecutors say former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley knew that Mr. Sandusky was abusing boys but did not tell police, then lied to a grand jury about it. After a two-day hearing, a district judge ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence to hold a full trial for the three men. 

Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, is serving a 30- to 60-year term in a state prison following conviction on 45 criminal counts related to the sexual molestation of 10 boys over a 15-year period. His trial last fall revealed he used a charity to groom at-risk boys and that the abuse was carried out in hotel rooms, university showers, and in his home. Sandusky says he is innocent and is appealing the conviction.

The charges against the three former Penn State officials include perjury, child endangerment, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, and failure to properly report suspected abuse. An arraignment is scheduled Sept. 20 and the trial is expected to take place next year


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