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Spanier charged with allegedly concealing Sandusky's abuses

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Nov 1, 2012 1:28 PM
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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been charged for aiding in a cover-up of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky on Penn State’s campus. The charges come one week shy of a year after two former Penn State administrators were arrested on charges they concealed abuse allegations against the former defensive coordinator.

Spanier faces five different charges: conspiracy, obstruction of justice, endangering children, failure to report suspected child abuse, and perjury.

Additional charges were also filed against former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said at a press conference Thursday the three men not only failed to report allegations of sexual abuse involving Sandusky – they concealed what they knew.

“If these men had done what they were supposed to do and what they were legally required to do, several young men may not have been attacked by a serial predator,” she said.

Why’d it take a year for the A-G’s office to file the charges? Kelly said university officials thwarted the investigation’s attempts to gather evidence until Spanier was ousted last November by the Board of Trustees, “and at that point university personnel were directed to cooperate with the investigation of Jerry Sandusky and these Penn State officials.”

Another thing Kelly said was helpful: the work of the school’s internal probe, led by former FBI director Louis Freeh. It uncovered e-mails – between Spanier, Curley, and Schultz – which served as the underpinning of a report condemning the school for a culture of secrecy.

Curley and Schultz were charged last November with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. Now, they face the same charges as Spanier.

Sandusky was sentenced last month to 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse crimes.

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