Fresh charges filed against ex-Penn State officials in Sandusky case
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier faces charges in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
November 1st, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Fresh charges filed against ex-Penn State officials in Sandusky case

[Updated at 1:01 p.m. ET] New charges have been filed against three former Penn State officials in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal, accused of having "used their positions to conceal and cover up for years the activities of a known child predator," Pennsylvania's attorney general said Thursday.

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier charged for the first time in the case and former Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex-Vice President Gary Schultz now face the same five charges: obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse.

"(The three defendants) worked to actively conceal the truth with total disregard to the children who were victims in this case,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly told reporters Thursday.

The scandal, which erupted nearly a year ago, led to the firing of Spanier and longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January. Curley and Schultz had been charged with some of the counts perjury and failure to report allegations of abuse previously; both pleaded not guilty at the time.

Sandusky, the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison in October.

Jurors determined that Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, used his access to university facilities and his foundation for underprivileged youths to abuse the boys sexually. During the trial, a 23-year-old man identified as Victim No. 4 testified that he was 13 when Sandusky sexually abused him in a university shower.

Less than a month after Sandusky's conviction, former FBI Director Louis Freeh released his university-funded report that said Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz took part in a cover-up to avoid bad publicity.

Attorneys for Spanier blasted the review, calling it a "blundering, indefensible indictment" and "a flat-out distortion of facts" that was "infused with bias and innuendo."

Spanier told The New Yorker magazine's Jeffrey Toobin in August that he had no recollection of e-mails he is accused of exchanging with top university officials over two specific allegations of abuse involving Sandusky: one in 1998 and another in 2001.

"I am aware, as I said in my letter to the board of trustees, that I was apparently copied on two e-mails," Spanier told Toobin. "I didn't reply to them. The first e-mail that I saw didn't mention anybody's name. It simply said something to the effect of 'The employee will be interviewed tomorrow,' something like that, no name mentioned. Then, about five weeks later, I think it was, I was copied on another e-mail that said, 'The interview has been completed, the investigation has been completed, nothing was found, Jerry felt badly that the kid might have felt badly.' "

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday, Kelly said.

Asked if Paterno would have faced the same charges if he were alive, Kelly said: "Mr. Paterno is deceased. The defendants charged in this case are Curley, Schultz and Spanier. I'm not going to speculate or comment on Mr. Paterno’s relationship to this investigation. Mr. Paterno is dead, and that’s the end of it."

Sandusky is seeking a new trial. For more on Thursday's developments, click here.

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  1. ma & pa

    jo-pa ran all to do with winning football glory for penn-state. If he indicated he didn't see or hear what he was shown then noone else saw anything either, got quiet and went on to 'new business.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. charliewillass

    It would be great to find out the truth from all parties. The freed report only covered PSU. How about the local police, second mile organization, social services, district attorney, attorney generals office and governor office. This was going on for years, with early reports dismissed. Just because PSU had the big bucks to pay off the large claims, the public wants to know. Three or four men, could not hide a petifile for 15 years or more.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ma & pa

    Agreed. It's "not the sin of a single individual" and this specific thing went on long before the 1990s. The anger and grief over unknown opportunities to stop it sooner needs to be turned to resolve to not let this 'trail go cold'. This trail leads to bad guys and slavers all over. 'Legal channels' work quietly and methodically but they work if they know the real problem and strategies of perps.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bob

    Good. Now when will Cardinal Dolan face the exact same charges?

    November 4, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cindy

    The authorities at the Boy Scouts are shaking in their boots. Your next!

    November 4, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. truth

    Well here in the south we like our sports not little kids....drag the guilty in the street and one shot to the back of the head... it would clear up alot of prison space

    November 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Knucklehead

      Right....southerners don't abuse kids...

      The South: the land of enlightened thinking...

      November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    The ones suffering are the PSU students who want to finish up their semester in peace without the rest of the country and the media feeding off the story like a pack of wild animals. The case reached it's verdict, the man is in Prison, so let's move on already!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • roseydozey

      students are at the school to LEARN and STUDY. If they are paying attention to the case, then they are NOT doing homework, etc. This should NOT affectd a student from learning and doing their best, if they wanted to do that in the first place. If this was party time away from home, then that is what will be reflected in their grades.

      November 5, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Emory

      Are you blaming the prosecutors for the students being hurt by this? Um thats the schools responsibility, everything that has happened is to blame Penn State. Not the prosecutors who are trying to protect the children. Penn State caused this and if the students cant focus on their work, they need to transfer to a more respectable and credible school where they can focus on their needs.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      How is this stopping them from getting an EDUCATION?

      November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cindy

    He knew what was going on. Men talk like women. Lock him up. This mess has placed a black eye on Penn State.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. yup

    More fresh meat for the state pen.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JD

    Dear Mr. Spanier......Quit lying and take it like a man. Stand up, be truthful and be accountable for your actions. Of course if you can't, please feel free to wash your mouth out with a shotgun.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Cuervo Jones

    And right now Spanier has a top secret job with the US Government. Can you say Franklingate Part II?

    November 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sandra K. Brislin

    Good, make them all pay for the abuse of innocent children. I m tired of college football being more important than anything including children.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. rgraves

    if their going to accuse those penn state officials ...they also need to charge those boy scout leaders who concealed their abusers...also most of the vatican wno have been concealing their pedofiles for years..get those preist out of their silk robes, and stop calling them 'father'. make them where the same regular clothes and make them start working for a living. and good lord....let them get married, or make them take lie detector tests like all law enforcemet hires

    November 6, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. graves

    the vatican, the pope, and many boy scout officials should be charged also

    November 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Farimah Boradeh

    finally

    November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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