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Penn State Athletic Director’s Preliminary Hearing Postponed

A preliminary hearing for Pennsylvania State University Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz, a former vice president of the school, was postponed at the request of state prosecutors.

The two men, charged with perjury and failing to report allegations of child sex abuse against former football coach Jerry Sandusky, were scheduled to appear Nov. 17. The hearing will now take place on Dec. 6. Lawyers for Curley and Schultz protested the delay.

“Our clients have a right to a speedy trial,” Pittsburgh-based attorneys Caroline Roberto and Tom Farrell said in an e-mailed statement. “It’s hard to imagine that after conducting a three-year investigation, and with what we believe is only one witness, Mike McQueary, to prepare to testify at the preliminary hearing, the attorney general claims they aren’t available.”

Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for state Attorney General Linda Kelly, declined to comment on the delay.

Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for the football team, is facing 40 criminal counts tied to alleged sexual molestation of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. In an interview yesterday with Bob Costas of the NBC News “Rock Center” program, Sandusky, 67, said he isn’t a pedophile and denied the charges against him.

Curley, 57, and Schultz, 62, were charged by state prosecutors on Nov. 5, the same day as Sandusky, with failing to report allegations related to the former coach and then lying to a grand jury about their knowledge of the allegations. Both men are free on $75,000 unsecured bail.

Retirement, Leave

Schultz retired from the university Nov. 6 and Curley requested administrative leave the same day so he could defend himself against the charges.

The cases are Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Curley, MJ12303-cr-0000353-2011, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Schultz, MJ12303-cr-0000354-2011, Magisterial District Judge 12-3-03, Dauphin County (Harrisburg).

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