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Three Former Penn State Administrators Go Before Judge

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

On the hot seat are former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former school vice-president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley. They stand accused of obstruction of justice, as investigators try to get to the bottom of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Sandusky was convicted last summer on 45 counts of child molestation involving 10 young victims. Prosecutors say that those numbers could have been much smaller had these three men not been so concerned about the school's image.

Former Penn State football assistant coach Mike McQueary was the big name witness. Prosecutors spent this day trying to prove Spanier, Curley and Schultz knew about a 2001 Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault on campus and a 1998 allegation that was investigated but went nowhere.

Testimony, e-mails and notes were presented to show the three top Penn State administrators knew what Sandusky was up to, but obstructed the effort to stop him. It's a claim made by then Attorney General Linda Kelly last November.

"They essentially turned a blind eye to the serial predatory acts that Jerry Sandusky committed on the campus when they all knew that children were the victims of these assaults," said Kelly.

The 1998 incident involved a mother's claim that her son had been hugged by a naked Sandusky in a Penn State shower. Defense made much of the fact that Sandusky was never charged. Attorney Tom Klein is observing these hearings while representing one of Sandusky's victims.

"The defense is saying there was no criminal prosecution or anything that happened in 1998 and, therefore, there was no reason for anybody to be concerned," he says.

Mike McQueary described conversations he had with Joe Paterno as the scandal blew up. Two quotes of particular interest. Paterno, quoted by Mike, says that he, McQueary, would ultimately be scapegoated by Penn State University. And McQueary quotes Paterno as talking about school administrators and their handling of this whole Sandusky situation. Paterno was quoted as saying, "Old Main screwed it up." That would be an understatement in the eyes of many. More testimony will be heard tomorrow morning. Ultimately, all believe these charges will go forward into an actual trial.

But that decision won't come until at least tomorrow.

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