Prosecutors say former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz kept a secret file containing allegations of inappropriate behavior against Jerry Sandusky that directly contradict statements Schultz made to the grand jury investigating the disgraced former defensive coordinator.
As Sandusky stands trial on 52 criminal counts related to the alleged assaults of 10 boys during a 15-year period, the Pennsylvania's Attorney General's Office filed court documents Monday that represent the latest evidence against Schultz and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley in their perjury case that also charges both officials with failure to properly report suspected child abuse.
"The commonwealth has come into possession of computer data (again, subpoenaed long ago but not received from PSU until after the charges had been filed in this case) in the form of emails between Schultz, Curley and others that contradict their testimony before the Grand Jury," the document states.
The document states that Schultz, who also oversaw the school's police force, "created, maintained and possessed" the file.
Tuesday evening, Schultz issued a statement through his attorney, as reported by ABC News.
"To be clear, Mr. Schultz did not possess any secret files," the statement read. "All his files were left behind after he retired and were available to his secretaries and his successor. The only "secret" information revealed was the privileged grand jury information inaccurately described by unidentified law enforcement sources to the media."
The attorney general also accuses Schultz and Curley of withholding subpoenaed evidence.
"In the course of former FBI Director Louis Freeh's independent investigation, emails were discovered and immediately turned over to the state attorney general. In deference to the legal process, the university cannot comment further on specifics of the ongoing legal case as it unfolds," Penn State spokesman David La Torre said in a statement. "We continue to work with the state attorney general, the U.S. attorney and Judge Freeh in their investigations into this matter. We will continue to cooperate fully with all legal processes to determine what happened and ensure personal accountability."
Schultz retired shortly after the allegations against Sandusky became public, while Curley is on administrative leave. Both officials deny the charges and want them dismissed.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.