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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