By Ben Present
Of the Legal Staff
Three former Penn State administrators will finally appear in court as prosecutors look to advance charges that they covered up accusations against convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago.
Magisterial District Judge William C. Wenner signed orders Tuesday setting a joint preliminary hearing for the ex-officials on July 29 in Harrisburg. Prosecutors will aim to hold for trial the cases of former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz.
The hearing would mark Spanier’s first court appearance since he was charged last November.
The court hearing, though, comes more than a year-and-a-half after Schultz and Curley were first charged. The three men face several charges, including felonies, that they failed to report to authorities an eyewitness account that Sandusky molested a boy in a Penn State shower and then lied to a grand jury about it.
That eyewitness account mentioned in the charging documents came from former Penn State graduate assistant and assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
McQueary testified in December 2011 that, in 2001, he told Schultz, Curley and former head coach Joe Paterno that he saw something sexual in nature going on between Sandusky and a boy who looked like a 10-year-old. The testimony came at Schultz and Curley’s first preliminary hearing, before Spanier was charged in the scandal and before additional charges were brought against Schultz and Curley.
A date for the hearing against all three men had faced long delays as the former officials argued that the presentments against them should be thrown because they thought former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin represented them when they went before a grand jury.
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