While Penn State has announced that it will bar former football coach Jerry Sandusky from campus after his arrest on child sex abuse charges, the university maintains that the two employees accused of sweeping it under the rug are innocent.
Sandusky, 67, is charged with molesting eight boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009.
“The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly,” Penn State president Graham Spanier said in a statement Saturday. “Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance.”
The school’s athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz are both being charged with perjury for allegedly not alerting police after a graduate assistant reported that he saw Sandusky sexually assault a young boy in a team locker room shower in 2002. After retiring in 1999, Sandusky used the team’s practice facilities for Second Mile, a foundation he started that helped underprivileged boys.
A spokeswoman for the university said that the school will pay legal costs for Curley and Schultz because the allegations concern their actions as employees.
“I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years,” Spanier also stated. “I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee.
According to the investigation Sandusky would buy his victims expensive gifts and take them on trips to maintain contact with them. The investigation was started two years ago when the mother of a boy voiced her suspicions to the Pennsylvania high school he volunteer coached at.
The high school alerted the police and barred Sandusky from the grounds in 2009.
Sandusky is charged with more than 40 criminal counts, including endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor and multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He was released on $100,000 bail. Curley and Schultz are expected to turn themselves in Monday.
With Associated Press