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Former Penn State administrators to appear in court Monday

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

A preliminary hearing will begin Monday to determine whether three former Penn State administrators will stand trial on charges that they covered up the actions of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Retired vice president Gary Schultz, former athletic director Tim Curley, and former president Graham Spanier face a bevy of charges in connection with the scandal that rocked the university in 2011.

According to the Associated Press, the three men are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse, and perjury. The hearing Monday in front of Pennsylvania District Court Judge William Wenner will not determine the men's guilt or innocence, however; just if there exists enough evidence for prosecutors to move forward with a trial.

A potentially damning piece of evidence purports to show emails between the three men from 2001 discussing how exactly to face the allegations.

"The only downside for us is if the message isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it," Spanier wrote, according to the AP.

All three men claim they were unaware that the transgressions that occurred were sexual in nature.

Curley and Schultz are no longer with the university, while Spanier is a faculty member on administrative leave.

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