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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier Charged In Sandusky Scandal

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - OCTOBER 27: University President Graham Spanier of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches warmups before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2007 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 37-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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The former president of Penn State University, and two other school officials face charges in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal that occurred at the campus.

Graham Spanier, the ex-president, has been charged for the first time in the investigation. Vice president Gary Schultz and suspended athletic director Timothy Curley have had new criminal charges added:

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Failing to report child abuse
  • Endangering the welfare of children
  • Perjury

The last charge is based on alleged false testimony by Spanier when appearing before a grand jury, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly.

Schultz and Curely had previously been charged with perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse.

The following video is from ABCnews.go.com:

The ABC report also details information from the Freeh report, indicating all three were aware of what was going on, but decided not to go to authorities:

In 2001, Spanier was copied on emails about another incident, witnessed by assistant coach Mike McQueary who heard sexual noises and saw an underage boy with Sandusky in the shower.

In those emails Curley and Schultz proposed not alerting the authorities but instead letting Sandusky off with a warning and the promise that he would get “professional help,” according to the Freeh report.

Spanier agreed to that plan, the Freeh report said. However, he noted in an email that by not bringing the accusations to police they would be “vulnerable for not having reported it.”

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