Thursday, December 15, 2011

Penn State: McQueary to Testify at Curley/Schultz Preliminary Hearing

Has given several different versions of events in Penn State locker room in 2002

Tim Curley, the former Penn State athletic director, and Gary Schultz, former university vice president, will have their joint preliminary hearing in Bellfonte, Pennsylvania.  The men are charged with perjury and failure to report alleged child abuse relating to the Penn State sex scandal and cover-up.

The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to establish that prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial. Defense attorneys are not expected to call witnesses, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and their cross-examination is limited to the truth of witnesses’ statements. Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a similar hearing and will proceed to trial.

Mike McQueary is the key witness in the case against Curley and Schultz. McQueary told a grand jury  that he reported to Curley and Schultz that he observed Sandusky raping a young boy in the shower of the football locker room. The grand jury found McQueary credible, but, since then, he allegedly has emailed friends with details that are inconsistent with the grand jury report. In addition, according to the Patriot-News, McQueary's original verbal account to a friend after the incident and a written account to state police in 2010 contain other inconsistencies, reported the Washington Post.

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