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Official: Paterno didn't do enough to stop abuse

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They weren't required to enter pleas during their first court appearance. Each was being released on $75,000 bail.

Sandusky is accused of molesting at least eight boys. (Photo: Associated Press)

They are accused of failing to alert police to complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing boys. They are also charged with lying to a state grand jury investigating the complaints.

Lawyers for the 57-year-old Curley and 62-year-old Schultz will seek to have the charges dismissed. Both Curley and Schultz stepped down after a Sunday night meeting of university trustees.

Paterno has called the criminal charges shocking and troubling. Paterno, in a statement issued Sunday evening by his son, Scott, said he's troubled that someone he thought he knew may have harmed young people. Paterno said he and wife, Sue have devoted their lives to helping young people reach their potential.

"The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling," he said. "If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers."

Paterno referred to his grand jury testimony in which he testified that he was informed by an assistant coach in 2002 that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of the team locker room. Prosecutors have said Paterno had passed on the information to athletic director Tim Curley.

But Paterno said specific actions alleged to have occurred in the grand jury report were not relayed to him.

"It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the grand jury report," Paterno said in the statement. "Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators."

Sandusky retired from his assistant's job in 1999. He is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

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