Two ex-of­fi­cials set to tes­tify vs. for­mer Penn State leader

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY'S TOP NEWS - By Mark Scol­ford

Two for­mer Penn State of­fi­cials who struck plea deals with pros­e­cu­tors are ex­pected to tes­tify against ex-univer­sity pres­i­dent Gra­ham Spanier at a child en­dan­ger­ment trial linked to the Jerry San­dusky scan­dal.

Pros­e­cu­tors pick­ing ju­rors Mon­day in Spanier’s trial said for­mer vice pres­i­dent Gary Schultz and for­mer ath­letic di­rec­tor Tim Cur­ley are on their wit­ness list.

Spanier was forced out shortly af­ter San­dusky, a long­time as­sis­tant foot­ball coach, was charged with child mo­lesta­tion in 2011. Spanier is charged with putting chil­dren at risk by mis­han­dling child sex abuse com­plaints about San­dusky.

The gov­ern­ment wit­ness list also names po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors and univer­sity staff who knew about ear­lier com­plaints about San­dusky. That list in­cludes Mike McQueary, a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant coach who re­ported see­ing San­dusky shower with a boy in 2001.

Seven women and five men were picked for the jury Mon­day af­ter po­ten­tial ju­rors were ques­tioned be­hind closed doors. Open­ing state­ments are ex­pected late Tues­day morn­ing af­ter four al­ter­nates are se­lected.

Spanier, 68, is ac­cused of two counts of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren and a sin­gle con­spir­acy charge, all felonies. Schultz and Cur­ley pleaded guilty last week to a sin­gle mis­de­meanor count of child en­dan­ger­ment, and await sen­tenc­ing.

The charges stem from their han­dling of the 2001 re­port that San­dusky had ap­par­ently mo­lested a boy in a team shower. Pros­e­cu­tors say their fail­ure to re­port that to au­thor­i­ties al­lowed San­dusky to con­tinue to abuse boys and also en­dan­gered oth­ers.

San­dusky was not ar­rested un­til 2011 and was con­victed in 2012 of sex­u­ally abus­ing 10 boys and is serv­ing 30 to 60 years in prison.

Shortly af­ter San­dusky’s ar­rest, Joe Paterno was fired over his han­dling of the mat­ter.

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