Former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley appeared in court Friday to answer to new charges against them, almost a year after they were accused of lying to the grand jury investigating the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge William Wenner set bond for both men at $50,000 unsecured, meaning they would have to pay if they fail to appear in court.
Schultz and Curley remained silent as they entered and exited the courtroom.
Attorney General Linda Kelly announced the new charges against them Thursday. They’re accused of obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children and conspiring with former Penn State President Graham Spanier, among other charges. The three men are accused of the same crimes. Schultz and Curley were charged with perjury last year.
After the hearing, the men’s attorneys maintained their innocence and spoke about the presentment of evidence released by the Attorney General’s office.
Curley’s attorney, Caroline Roberto, said she had filed a motion seeking to get the charges dismissed. In the motion, she cites the role of Cynthia Baldwin, who was Penn State’s legal counsel duing the Sandusky investigation.
Roberto said Curley and Schultz believed Baldwin was representing them during the grand jury proceedings. However, the presentment details Baldwin’s own testimony to the grand jury, used as evidence against Curley and Schultz.
“So, that’s an issue that’s going to be very thoroughly and aggressively litigated over the next year,” said Roberto.
Baldwin’s attorney, Charles De Monaco, released a statement to Fox43 Friday about the accusation.
“Cynthia Baldwin, as evidenced by her distinguished career and her impeccable reputation, is a person of the highest integrity. The suggestion by anyone that Ms. Baldwin betrayed her clients and her profession or testified falsely is untrue. Cynthia Baldwin knows the importance of due process and how legal issues need to play out in courts of law and not in the media. As a result, it is not her intent to publicly address facts and legal issues that are properly before the courts,” De Monaco said.
Graham Spanier is due in court next Wednesday for a similar hearing. Judge Wenner said Spanier was out of state Friday because a death in the family.