Schultz, Curley hearing delayed
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The preliminary hearing for two top officials at Penn State accused of perjury and failure to report the possible sexual abuse of a child was delayed Tuesday.
Scheduled for Dec. 6, the hearing was moved to Dec. 16 before Magisterial District Judge William C. Wenner in Dauphin County.
Timothy M. Curley, 57, is on leave from his position as athletic director. Gary Schultz, 62, retired as the senior vice president of business and finance in 2009.
No reason was given for the change in the hearing date.
Both men were charged after they testified before a statewide grand jury investigating allegations against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
The grand jury returned a 40-count presentment early this month charging Mr. Sandusky with sexually abusing eight boys over several years.
HARRISBURG -- A newly hired lawyer for a high school student described by prosecutors as a sexual abuse victim of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Tuesday that he has been distressed to hear Mr. Sandusky's attorney dispute the charges.
Slade McLaughlin said his client stands by the allegations and sees the strategy by defense attorney Joe Amendola as putting victims on trial instead of Mr. Sandusky.
The grand jury report accused Mr. Sandusky of fondling and repeated instances of oral sex after they met about five years ago through The Second Mile, a charity for disadvantaged youths Mr. Sandusky founded.
"I can only say it was emotionally devastating," said Mr. McLaughlin, who also represents the boy's mother. "It was someone he trusted. It was someone he believed had his best interests at heart. What's even more distressing to him and his family is Mr. Sandusky's lawyer is out there saying Victim No. 1 is a liar; he's made all this up."
Mr. Amendola, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday, said last week that Mr. Sandusky has maintained his innocence and that he has information leading him to conclude he may be innocent.
Mr. McLaughlin said that Mr. Amendola's comments were not appropriate and that they may be an effort to influence potential jurors in favor of Mr. Sandusky.
First Published November 30, 2011 12:00 am