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Two officials step down at Penn State amid scandal

2:00 AM, Nov 7, 2011   |    comments
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University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who oversaw the school's police department, have stepped down from their positions after being charged with perjury in a grand jury investigation into the sexual abuse of children.

Former PSU football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with numerous felony and misdemeanor offenses as the result of the investigation.

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office said in a press release Saturday that Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of various sexual crimes and taken into custody in Centre County.

According to the attorney general's release, Curley and Schultz took little action when confronted with Sandusky's alleged actions and lied about their knowledge of them.

Curley requested the administrative leave to defend himself, and senior associate athletic director Mark Sherburne will serve as interim athletic director until the legal matter is resolved.

"The protection of children is of paramount importance," said school president Graham Spanier. "The university will take a number of actions moving forward to increase the safety and security within our facilities and make everyone aware of the protocols in place for handling these issues."

The charges against Sandusky -- a longtime defensive assistant under Joe Paterno who helped Penn State gain a reputation as "Linebacker U" -- include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; aggravated indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor; and endangering the welfare of a child.

Some of the charges are felonies and some are misdemeanors, and attorney general Linda Kelly said the case originally focused on the claims of a young boy who reported Sandusky had indecently assaulted him and engaged in various sex acts while the boy was a guest at Sandusky's home.

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