Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State University, is expected to be charged today in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Sources who requested anonymity indicated that Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly would announce that Spanier, who has stepped down as president, will be charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. The investigation into allegations against Sandusky, which began with his arrest last Nov. 5, resulted in his conviction in June. He is serving a 30-to-60 year sentence in a Pennsylvania state prison. In addition, Athletic Director Tim Curley, who is on leave and whose contract will not be renewed, and Gary Schultz, the retired vice-president for business and finance, also face charges of perjury before a grand jury investigation into the matter and failure to report suspected child abuse. Curley and Schultz are scheduled to go to trial in January.
Curley and Schultz were charged because they allegedly failed to act when told by the late former coach Joe Paterno that Sandusky had abused a child in a shower in the Penn State locker room in 2001. Mike McQueary, an assistant coach, said he witnessed the attack and told Paterno, who said he had told his superiors. Charges against Spanier were considered to be a possibility all along as the investigation into the cover-up at Penn State continued.
Last November, a grand jury handed down a presentment that noted that Spanier “denied being aware of a 1998 University Police investigation of Sandusky for incidents with children in football building showers.”
Kelly has maintained all along that Spanier had not been cleared in the investigation. Spanier’s attorneys had no comment for the Post-Gazette late Wednesday.
In August, Spanier addressed a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh and commissioned by Penn State that alleged that Spanier knew about the abuse witnessed by McQueary and failed to contact authorities. In his first comments on the matter, he said he simply was alerted by others in the administration that they were dealing with Sandusky’s “horseplay” in the shower. His attorneys had characterized the Freeh report as a “blundering and indefensible indictment” and said they doubted that the attorney general had any evidence on which to base charges against Spanier.
The original grand jury report
The new grand jury presentment