Jury deliberations resume in Penn State ex-president's trial

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 24, 2017 11:01 AM

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, March 20, 2017. Spanier faces charges that he failed to report suspected child sex abuse in the last remaining criminal case in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) --  Jurors have resumed deliberations in the child endangerment trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier.

The panel deliberated for six hours Thursday without reaching a verdict but did ask the judge for a couple of legal clarifications.

Spanier is accused of conspiracy and two counts of endangerment for his handling of complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago.

The 68-year-old Spanier was forced out as university president in 2011 shortly after Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing children. Sandusky is now serving a decadeslong prison sentence.

Spanier didn't testify in his own defense. Two of his former top lieutenants within the university administration took plea deals to a misdemeanor and testified for the prosecution.

The trial is being held in Harrisburg.


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