Throughout the sordid Jerry Sandusky scandal, we've been waiting for a smoking gun that would indicate that Penn State higher-ups knew about the sexual abuse allegations against the former assistant coach but declined to act.
New documents obtained by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office might just contain that smoking gun.
The documents, mentioned as part of a motion in the perjury case against former administrator Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, state that Schultz maintained a secret file on Sandusky. Schultz oversaw the school's police force.
The AG's office said the file was only recently disclosed by Penn State despite a longstanding subpoena order and that it had obtained "emails between Schultz, Curley and others that contradict their testimony before the Grand Jury."
"Schultz told so many lies during his Grand Jury testimony that is unfair for the Commonwealth to allege and prove so many lies," the motion reads at one point.
NBC News has reported that former president Graham Spanier was involved in an email exchange about the Sandusky allegations and that he and Schultz decided it would be "humane" to Sandusky to keep the accusations away from social services or other authorities.
Schultz and Curley will still have their day in court, and Spanier hasn't been charged with any crimes. But if prosecutors can prove that Penn State senior administrators were aware of the allegations and decided to bury them, that could spell really bad news for the university. The NCAA and Big Ten have said they are investigating the school and could levy penalties for the handling of the Sandusky sex-abuse situation. This latest document might be the smoking gun that would force their hand.