A judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday rejected a bid by two former Penn State administrators to dismiss perjury charges against them arising from their testimony before a grand jury investigating child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
In rejecting motions by former university Vice President Gary Schultz and ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley to dismiss the perjury counts against them, Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover wrote that their contention that there is insufficient evidence to corroborate the charges will be more appropriately determined at trial. He also said prosecutors have given the defendants adequate information about which portions of their grand jury testimony are at the heart of the perjury charges.
Hoover did not rule on a motion by the defendants to dismiss the other count against them -- failure to properly report suspected child abuse. The judge indicated that he will issue a separate ruling on that motion, in which Shultz and Curley argue that the statute of limitations has expired.
Schultz, the school's former vice president for business and finance, has retired. Curley, the athletic director, is on leave from the university. Their trial is scheduled to begin in Harrisburg with jury selection on Jan. 7.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the defendants' lawyers did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator under the late coaching legend Joe Paterno, was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some on campus. He maintains his innocence. He's jailed awaiting sentencing next month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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