Accused of cover-up, 2 Penn State officials will stand trial in Sandusky case

    A Dauphin County district court judge has ruled that two top Penn State administrators will be tried on charges that they covered up an alleged instance of child sexual assault involving Jerry Sandusky.

    Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary said Friday he told Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in 2002 that he saw Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at the university, in a locker room shower with a boy.

    He said he witnessed something that was sexual in nature: extreme and wrong.

    Curley and Schultz claim innocence.

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    Lawyers for the two administrators say McQueary minimized what he saw when he talked with their clients and to head coach Joe Paterno.

    Marc Costanzo, spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, says he doesn’t agree with that interpretation.

    “There were certain crude words in the English language that he wasn’t going to use as part of his description to Coach Paterno, out of respect to Coach Paterno, but that he did in fact describe the nature of what he saw,” Costanzo said.

    Costanzo said Friday he also expects Paterno, former head coach of the football team, to testify–whether it’s in person or some other way. Paterno, who recently fractured his pelvis, is being treated for lung cancer.

    No date has been set for the formal arraignment of charges against Curley and Schultz.

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