Live Blog of Curley/Schultz Preliminary Hearings
Update 1:05 p.m. – Here’s our recap of McQueary’s entire testimony this morning.
The second major preliminary hearing of charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky grand jury investigation is set to take place today in Harrisburg. “Former” athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president of finance and business Gary Schultz have both been charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury during their investigation of Sandusky.
Central in all this is former assistant coach Mike McQueary. According to the grand jury report, McQueary said that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the shower, hands against the wall, and reported the incident to Joe Paterno. Soon after, McQueary had a meeting with Curley and Schultz where he recounted the same story to them. However, both Curley and Shultz claim that McQueary never mentioned rape to them, only that Sandusky was showering with the boy.
Since the 23-page grand jury presentment was released in early November, McQueary and sources close to him have given inconsistent recounts about what he actually saw and reported to Curley and Schultz. Earlier this week, Sara Ganim published yet another account from a close source that says McQueary never saw rape at all, but instead merely heard “sex sounds.”
According to multiple media outlets, McQueary is expected to testify today in what will be the central focus of the prosecution. The entire case rests on what exactly McQueary reported to his superiors in the chain-of-command at Penn State. Joe Paterno was fired because it was believed that McQueary told him he saw Sandusky raping a boy, and Paterno didn’t do enough to make sure Sandusky was charged. McQueary’s testimony today not only has implications for Curley and Schultz, but it also directly affects the legacy of Joe Paterno.
The hearing will take place at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, beginning at 9 a.m. Onward State will once again be in the courtroom. Continue to check our Twitter feed and the homepage for news as it breaks today.