Penn State head coach Joe Paterno released a statement on Sunday regarding the child sex abuse charges that were filed against his former longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky along with perjury charges against Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz.
"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters," said Paterno in the statement. "While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.
"As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. 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. 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.
"I understand that people are upset and angry, but let's be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."
Both Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are scheduled to turn themselves in on Monday at a district judge's office in Harrisburg.