Former Penn State president to be charged in Sandusky scandal

By David Ferguson
Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:20 EDT
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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier will be facing charges for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and cover-up at the university.  According to Reuters, a source close to the investigation and criminal lawsuit said that Spanier will be charged with five counts, including conspiracy, perjury, child endangerment and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors are also preparing to file charges against two other Penn State officials, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, both of whom were indicted in the Sandusky case.  Both men pleaded not guilty in that case to charges of perjury and failure to report an allegation of child abuse.

Spanier was the last major university official not facing criminal charges in the case.  He resigned in the wake of Sandusky’s prosecution.

Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over the course of 15 years.  The 68-year-old was transfered on Wednesday from a state evaluation facility outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Greene State Prison to serve a sentence of 30 to 60 years.

[image of Graham Spanier via Flickr Commons]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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