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Schultz, Curley Arraigned, Released; Attorneys Claim Innocence

by on November 07, 2011 6:14 PM

As scheduled, Penn State administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley were arraigned Monday in Harrisburg on charges of perjury and failure to report, multiple news media outlets reported.

Shortly thereafter, in a prepared statements, attorneys for the men said their clients are absolutely innocent. Schultz and Curley reported what they knew to Penn State President Graham Spanier and to leadership of The Second Mile, Schultz attorney Thomas J. Farrell said.

"Rather than follow the law, (state Attorney General Linda Kelly) has fabricated a fiction here," Farrell said in his statement. " ... These men are the best of men."

His statement -- and that of Curley attorney Caroline Roberto -- is available via the Centre Daily Times website.

Schultz, the PSU senior vice president for business and finance, and Curley, the athletic director, are accused of lying to a grand jury and of not telling authorities about an alleged sexual assault of a child. Both have stepped aside from their official roles this week.

The charges stem from an investigation into former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The founder of The Second Mile, a nonprofit group, Sandusky is accused of sexual assault involving eight boys over a 15-year period, media reports show.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, neither Curley nor Schultz entered a plea during their 20-minute court appearance Monday. Their lawyers reportedly "insisted that they will be found innocent at trial."

Schultz and Curley were released on $75,000 unsecured bond, the Post-Gazette reported. Next in the court process is a preliminary hearing.

The full Post-Gazette report is available here. The Altoona Mirror has a story posted here.

Earlier coverage is available via the link below.

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