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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Two top Penn State officials have quit their jobs after being charged Monday with covering up a sexual abuse scandal involving an assistant coach on the university's football team.

Athletic Director Tim Curley and top finance official Gary Schultz were charged in court with failing to tell police about the alleged sexual abuse of young boys by then-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, even though they knew about it for years. Both men quit their posts.

Sandusky, who left Penn State in 1999, was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with eight boys over a period of more than decade. The alleged sexual assaults began in 1996, while Sandusky, now 67 years old, was working under iconic head coach Joe Paterno, investigators said.

Authorities said Paterno is not a target of investigation at this time.

After he left Paterno's staff, Sandusky still had access to Penn State football facilities.

Officials became aware of the alleged sexual assaults after a graduate assistant said he saw Sandusky "sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old" at the Lasch Football Building on the Penn State campus in March 2002, the grand jury report said.

The report also said that Curley and Schultz were aware of this encounter and told Sandusky not to bring boys to the football building, but they did not alert the police.

Sandusky was arraigned on Saturday and released after posting $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for today. Curley and Schultz's bail was set at $75,000 each, and a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 17.

"Remember, we're always gonna be Penn State, regardless of what happens to certain people," Paterno said to students outside his house Tuesday. "We're Penn State."

Story sourced from Reuters and the Daily Collegian.

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