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Graham Spanier seeks to have Sandusky-related conviction overturned

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 7, 2018 12:01 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Former Penn State president Graham Spanier hopes a Pennsylvania appeals court will agree that too much time had passed for him to be charged with endangering the welfare of children over his handling of a complaint about Jerry Sandusky.

A three-judge Superior Court panel heard oral argument today in the 69-year-old Spanier's appeal.

Spanier's challenging a misdemeanor guilty verdict for how he responded to a 2001 report that former assistant football coach Sandusky sexually abused a boy in a team shower.

He's arguing a two-year statute of limitations applies and had expired by the time he was charged in 2012.

The jury acquitted Spanier of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment.

He's been sentenced to two months in jail, but is on bail pending appeal.

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