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HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s attorney general says Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is not a target of an investigation into possible sexual abuse by one of his former assistants and how the school handled the accusations.
Linda Kelly spoke Monday, two days after child sexual abuse charges were filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The news conference came about an hour before two Penn State administrators were to be arraigned on charges of perjury and failure to report abuse.
Authorities accused Sandusky of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years through his charity for at-risk youth
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Kelly spoke at a news conference Monday, two days after child sexual abuse charges were filed against Sandusky and about an hour before two high-ranking Penn State administrators were to face arraignment on charges they lied to a grand jury and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.
Late Sunday, after an emergency meeting of the board of trustees, university President Graham Spanier announced that Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school’s senior vice president for business and finance, would be leaving their posts.
Curley requested to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote time to his defense, and Schultz will be going back into retirement, Spanier said. Both men have maintained they are innocent of any wrongdoing in connection with the probe into whether Sandusky sexually abused eight boys _ preteens and young teenagers _ over a 15-year period.
State Attorney General Linda Kelly and state police Commissioner Frank Noonan were expected to hold a 1 p.m. Monday news conference about the case a few miles from the Harrisburg court where Curley and Schultz will be arraigned. The proceeding is scheduled for immediately after that.
Sandusky was arrested Saturday on charges that he preyed on boys he met through The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youths. The charity said in a statement Sunday that Sandusky has had no involvement with its programs involving children since 2008, when Sandusky told the foundation that he was being investigated on child-sex allegations.
The case has rocked State College, a campus town routinely ranked among America’s best places to live and nicknamed Happy Valley. Under head football coach Joe Paterno _ who testified before the grand jury and isn’t considered a suspect _ the teams were revered both for winning games, including two national championships, and largely steering clear of trouble.
In a statement issued Sunday, Paterno called the charges shocking.
“The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling,” he said. “If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers.”
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