Retired judge appointed to handle Penn State officials' case

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A senior judge will preside over the criminal trial of three former Penn State administrators on charges stemming from their handling of child molestation complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

A state courts spokesman said Friday retired Berks County Judge John Boccabella was appointed to the Harrisburg trial on June 30 after Dauphin County judges recused themselves.

Criminal charges against former university vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley were first filed in 2011. Charges against former president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) followed one year later. The men vigorously deny the charges against them.

Some of their charges were dismissed in January by an appeals court that determined their right to legal representation was violated by the actions of the university's then-general counsel.

Sandusky is appealing a lengthy sentence.


This story has been corrected to show the spokesman spoke Friday, not Thursday.