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Penn State Sex Scandal Update: Judge to mull whether Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley will face trial

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from court after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from court after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(CBS/AP) HARRISBURG, Pa.- Penn State's former president and two ex-administrators are in court Monday for a hearing on charges accusing them of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Jerry Sandusky and then trying to cover it up.

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The hearing in Harrisburg is to determine whether there's enough evidence against former president Graham Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and then-athletic director Tim Curley to be tried on charges they covered up an allegation that the retired top assistant football coach was sexually preying on boys.

Spanier, Schultz and Curley say they're innocent and were never aware at the time that the allegation was of a sexual nature.

A football team graduate assistant in 2001, Mike McQueary, has testified that he saw Sandusky and a boy engaged in a sex act in the locker room shower and within days reported it to coach Joe Paterno, Curley and Schultz. However, Curley and Schultz say McQueary never reported that the incident was sexual in nature, and Spanier, in turn, has said Curley and Schultz never told him about any sort of sex abuse of a boy.

The three are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Those charges include allegations of hiding evidence from investigators and lying to the grand jury.

Curley and Schultz were initially charged in November 2011, when Sandusky was arrested, and accused of perjury and failure to properly report the incident.

Spanier was forced out as president at that time. A year later, he was charged with covering up a complaint about Sandusky while additional charges were filed against Curley and Schultz. Spanier remains a faculty member on administrative leave.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted last year.

Paterno was fired and died in January 2012.

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