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Penn State hearing: Did officials cover up Jerry Sandusky sex crimes?

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(Read caption) Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary enters the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday. Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz, and Timothy Curley go before a judge to determine whether the three must face trial on charges that they covered up an allegation that Jerry Sandusky was sexually preying on boys.

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Did top officials at Pennsylvania State University cover up early reports of child sexual assault by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, leaving him free to molest other boys over the next decade?

That’s the question at issue when a Pennsylvania judge begins a preliminary hearing Monday to determine whether former university president Graham Spanier, former senior vice president of business Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley should go to trial over perjury and criminal conspiracy charges. 

The three men each face five felony counts for perjury, endangering the welfare of children, and criminal conspiracy related to their “alleged failure to report abuse by Mr. Sandusky and their actions during the investigation,” according to The Wall Street Journal. All three have maintained their innocence.

Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving 10 boys over more than a decade. He is currently serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in state prison.

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