Sizing up Penn State's Liability in Abuse Scandal

Sizing up Penn State's Liability in Abuse Scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Jerry Sandusky trial was loaded with details of the child sex abuse a jury has now convicted the one-time Penn State assistant football coach of carrying out over 15 years, but it revealed little about the university’s potential liability in the scandal.

That is likely to change in a related prosecution of two former university officials: athletic director Tim Curley and finance official Gary Schultz.

Both have been charged with perjury and failing to alert authorities to one act of sexual abuse by Sandusky in a scandal that tarnished Pennsylvania State University’s name and led to the firing of its president and its head football coach, the late Joe Paterno.

“Their trial will be much more an indictment of Penn State,” said Max Kennerly, a Philadelphia lawyer who is not involved in the case.

A trial date has not been set.

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