Graham Spanier, the former Penn State president who lead the university during the final years of Jerry Sandusky’s time in State College, was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations against the former assistant football coach.
Spanier, 64, was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy for his action — or inaction — after complaints surfaced about Sandusky showering with young boys. His bail was set at $125,000, but he was not required to post that amount Wednesday.
Spanier, who stepped down from his post in August, maintains that he is being framed, and stands by his comments from August when declared he had never “ever once” received a report suggesting that Sandusky was involved in child abuse. His defense attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, said her client is “not guilty, absolutely,” via the Associated Press. Spanier remains on paid leave from Penn State.
“This wasn’t a conspiracy of silence,” Ainslie said, refuting the charge made last week by state Attorney General Linda Kelly. “That is ridiculous.”
The extensive report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and commissioned by the university revealed e-mails that addressed former assistant coach Mike McQueary’s conversation with former head coach Joe Paterno in which McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the Penn State locker room shower in 2001. Spanier was a recipient on one of the e-mails from former athletic director Tim Curley.
Prosecutors also added counts against Curley and former vice president Schultz.
Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. Last month he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, and last week he was transferred to a maximum-security facility in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The original grand jury report
The new grand jury presentment