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PSU President Graham Spanier Found Guilty

PostPosted: March 29th, 2017, 2:02 pm
by Bengals1
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of one count of child endangerment over his handling of a child sex abuse complaint against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh:
"Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Timothy Curley were the most powerful men who ran the Pennsylvania State University. Today, they are convicted criminals," he wrote in the emailed statement, which was verified later Friday by his lawyer Robert Heim. "And Joe Paterno's once iconic legacy is forever marred by his own decision to do nothing when he had the chance to make a real difference."

Re: PSU President Graham Spanier Found Guilty

PostPosted: June 2nd, 2017, 1:49 pm
by Bengals1
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The former president of Pennsylvania State University was sentenced on Friday to four to 12 months imprisonment and two years probation on a child endangerment charge tied to a coverup of child sex abuse crimes by ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.

Graham Spanier, 68, was among three former school officials accused of covering up a 2001 complaint filed by then graduate student Michael McQueary, who said he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in the campus football showers.


In sentencing Penn State officials, judge wonders why the late Joe Paterno didn’t do more
By John TaylorJun 2, 2017

Three former high-ranking Penn State officials, already convicted for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandals, received their sentences Friday afternoon.

In mid-March of this year, ex-athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges; a week or so later, former university president Graham Spanier was found guilty by a jury of one count of endangering the welfare of children. Friday, Curley was sentenced to 7-23 months, with three of those months to be served in jail and four under house arrest; Schultz was sentenced to 6-23 months, with two of those months to be served in jail and four under house arrest; and Spanier was sentenced to 4-12 months, with two of those months to be served in jail and two under house arrest.

Spanier, who will appeal his sentence, was also fined $7,500, Curley and Schultz $5,000 each. Additionally, all three former administrators will be required to perform 200 hours of community service each.

All three were charged in 2011 after it was alleged that they failed to report a 2001 rape allegation involving Sandusky to police and child welfare officials. While the judge in the sentencing, John Boccabella, had harsh words for the defendants, he also chided the late Joe Paterno.

In the wake of the scandal that cost the coaching legend both his job and a sizable chunk of his legacy, Paterno himself stated in an interview that “I wish I had done more.” Judge Boccabella publicly wondered why he didn’t.

Paterno, he said, “could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty. Why he didn’t is beyond me.

— Charles Thompson (@ChasThompson1) June 2, 2017

Sandusky, Paterno’s long-time assistant with the Nittany Lions, was found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges in June of 2012 and is currently serving a sentence of at least 30 years.