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Hearing Held For Curley, Schultz In Penn State Scandal

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Thursday marked the next step in taking the two former Penn State University officials to trial in the continuing fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial.

Prosecutors say those former officials, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, knew Sandusky was abusing children and did nothing about it, then lied to a grand jury.

They're charged with lying to a grand jury and not reporting the abuse.

FOX 29's Chris O'Connell was at the Dauphin County courthouse Thursday as the attorneys on both sides of this case walked into a courtroom for the first time since December.

Defense attorneys for both men argued they were truthful from the start.

Curley's attorney, Caroline Roberto, said her client "told the truth" that he met with Mike McQueary – who was at that time a graduate assistant – and that McQueary said he saw Sandusky in the shower with a boy, they were naked, and they had bodily contact.

Curley also told her that McQueary was very upset and he thought it was inappropriate.

Prosecutors allege, however, that the school officials didn't do enough when 2001 molestation accusations were brought to their attention by McQueary.

The defense says they reported their opinion of what McQueary reported, noting that one's conclusions and opinions about whether they thought it was a sexual, criminal act are not the issues that should be subject of perjury.

Also at issue was the recently released Freeh report, which included potentially damaging emails between Schultz and Curley discussing the matter.

Schultz's attorney, Tom Farrell, argued that the Freeh report "has no evidentiary value."

He said they will have to deal with authenticating the hundreds of documents that the commonwealth intends to introduce and the witnesses prosecutors intend to call.

Neither Curley nor Schultz attended the hearing. Curley is reported to be seriously ill with lung cancer. His attorney refused to comment on his condition.

Sitting in on the hearing was Anthony Lubrano, a member of Penn State's Board of Trustees, who said this is another painful chapter in the healing of the university.

"I don't believe we should move forward at the price of our proud past and heritage, so we have to figure out how to bridge the gap from the past and future," he said.

There was no ruling made during arguments. The judge will take what he heard under advisement.

So far, no trial date has been scheduled.

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