Penn State athletic director Tim Curley is one of two university officials charged Saturday with felony perjury relating to the sexual abuse allegations against former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, each are charged with one count of perjury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, and a $15,000 fine, and one count of failure to report (under the Child Protective Services Law). Both men are scheduled to turn themselves in Monday before Harrisburg Magisterial District Judge Marsha Stewart.
The issue with Curley centers around an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky on a young boy in Penn State's Lasch Football Building in March 2002. Sandusky, who retired from Penn State after the 1999 Alamo Bowl, still had an office in the Lasch building and access to all the facilities.
According to Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly, a Penn State graduate assistant "reportedly observed Sandusky sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old." Kelly said the graduate assistant reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno, who testified before a grand jury that he immediately called Curley and met with the AD the following day. The graduate assistant then met with Curley and Schultz, where he recounted what he'd seen.
"Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law," Kelly said. "Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack first-hand."
Kelly said that rather than reporting the matter to law enforcement, Curley and Schultz agreed that Sandusky would be told he could not bring any Second Mile children into the football building. That message was also reportedly related to Dr. John Raykovitz at the Second Mile (Sandusky's charity organization to help children).
"Despite this so-called 'ban', which was reviewed and approved by University President Graham Spanier without any further inquiry on his part, there was no effective change in Sandusky's status with the school and no limits on his access to the campus,” Kelly said.
The grand jury found portions of Curley's and Schultz's testimonies to be not credible. Paterno also reportedly testified before the grand jury this spring, but the coach isn't named in these charges.
"The failure of top university officials to act on reports of Sandusky's alleged sexual misconduct, even after it was reported to them in graphic detail by an eyewitness, allowed a predator to walk free for years -- continuing to target new victims," Kelly said. "Equally disturbing is the lack of action and apparent lack of concern among those same officials, and others who received information about this case, who either avoided asking difficult questions or chose to look the other way."
Curley has served as Penn State's athletic director since Dec. 30, 1993. He's one of the more respected ADs in the country and served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2005-06. He served as an assistant on Paterno's staff along with Sandusky in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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