Papers filed to back perjury in Sandusky case

A document listed 33 statements made by two Penn State administrators to back the charges.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Prosecutors on Friday filed a document listing 33 statements made by two Penn State administrators to support the perjury charges against pair, who are accused of lying to a grand jury investigating child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The statements laid out by the state attorney general's office are from January 2011, when athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz appeared before a secret grand jury investigating Sandusky. Their lawyers' spokeswoman, Martine Charles, offered no immediate comment about the filings, which the Associated Press obtained late Friday.

Many of the statements downplay the seriousness of a report Curley and Schultz fielded from graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky in the football team shower with a boy a decade ago.

Curley, 57, is quoted saying the report by McQueary was not sexual in nature, while Schultz, 62, is quoted as saying he was not told anything more serious than perhaps that Sandusky grabbed the boy's genitals.

Prosecutors wrote, in an answer to defense attorneys' motion for more detail about the allegations, that the state "identifies these statements with the understanding that any or all of these statements will support the charge of perjury, and that it is not required to prove the falsity of every identified statement."

Curley, now on leave from the university, and Schultz, who has retired, were charged in November with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse. They have denied the allegations and have asked a Dauphin County judge to throw out the charges.

Sandusky, 68, awaits trial on dozens of child sexual abuse charges involving 10 boys over a 15-year period. He has denied the allegations and is on house arrest awaiting trial in early June.

Examples of what prosecutors called Curley's lies include his having said that McQueary told him "they were horsing around, that they were playful;" "I didn't think it was a crime at the time;" and, "I was not aware of anything sexual."

In regard to Schultz, the examples prosecutors cite include his having said, "I believe that he [McQueary] said that he saw something that he felt was inappropriate between Jerry and a boy;" "the allegations came across as not that serious;" and a series of statements regarding whether the 2002 matter was referred to child protective services to investigate.

"My recollection would be in 2002 that they were asked to look into this allegation," Schultz is quoted as saying.

Separately, in a 28-page answer to the defendants' pretrial motions, prosecutors said ample evidence was presented during a December hearing for the case to go to trial.

The prosecution said Curley, in his effort to have the charges thrown out, was trying to "take advantage of the death" of longtime football coach Joe Paterno, who died of complications from lung cancer in January at age 85.