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One Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for Spanier, Curley and Schultz

by on November 13, 2012 4:59 PM

Three former top Penn State administrators will share the same preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County Court officials announced on Tuesday. 

Judge William Wenner, who arraigned each man, will preside over the preliminary hearing of former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz. If necessary, the hearing will continue to Dec. 14, according to a press release. 

On Nov. 1, Attorney General Linda Kelly released a new grand jury presentment that indicted Spanier for the first time and Curley and Schultz for a second time in connection to their role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. In what Kelly called a 'conspiracy of silence,' Spanier, Curley and Schultz were each charged with perjury, endangering the welfare of children, failure to report, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Spanier was arraigned on $125,000 unsecured bail on Nov. 7 and Curley and Schultz were each arraigned on $50,000 unsecured bail on Nov. 2. 

Each defendant's attorney has said the men are innocent of all charges. Counsel for Curley and Schultz filed for a continuance of the currently scheduled Jan. 7 trial. 

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced on Oct. 9 to 30-60 years in prison for his sex crimes against children. He was moved to SCI Greene, a maximum security prison, where he will serve out the duration of his sentence. 

Updated public information regarding the cases is available online.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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