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. D. Evil

    Dont put the gun in your mouth Graham, just face the music like a man.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. a slozomby

    its a start, now line up the bishops and the bigwigs from the boyscouts.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    At least Jerry will have some familiar faces sitting in the cells next to his. Jerry, watch your back, as they aren't likely to be happy about being held responsible for what YOU did. They deserve what they get for placing football and it's money above doing the right thing and not reporting your activities, but YOU are the one that molested the kiddies.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      They can play tag football, out in the exercise yard.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      VERY WELL SAID !!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Subnx

    This is a crazy witch hunt. I read the Freeh report. Total garbage. Nothing concrete was ever given to Spanier and the others. Even what McCurley thought he saw was subject to interpretation. The kid never asked for help and when McCurley looked in the shower they were both standing there like nothing had happened. As I recall, so called victim number one was in his teens when things allegedly started with Sandusky and it continued for years. He went to Sandusky's house something like 100 times. The comments on here about the football program are silly. The current football team has nothing to do with whatever Sandusky did.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brody

      Clueless.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gingeet

      Yeah, this is of course what you'd be saying if it was your kid right?

      November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turning Texas Blue

      Paterno asked THEM to approve his handling it without involving child protective authorities.... But, I feel I'm wasting my time...

      November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      People like you are why the punishment for Penn State was insufficient. Always in denial, always making excuses, because OMG FOOTBALL.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      Wow....talk about being in denial. You need help.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LRonaldHubbs

      If you're going to rant about this you should at least get the facts right. McCurley doesn't exist. Curley is the former athletic director who has been charged with perjury. McQueary is the former assistant who witnessed the locker room abuse (and did not intervene).

      November 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      To: Subnx and Mike from Calgary,
      I find your statements offensive and ignorant. How can you possibily believe that the people charged (and no doubt many others not charged, so far...) don't have culpability in this tragic event??? Were you on the jury of the Casey Anthony trial??

      November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

      November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neece

      I find it unbelievable that you would call this a witch hunt. The administration of Penn State had an OBLIGATION to report what was reported to them. It was not their call to decide that nothing inappropriate was going on, just being in the shower with the kid was inappropriate. You are correct in that this has nothing to do with the current football team, however, as unfortunate as it is, they are going to suffer just being associated with the Penn State Football team. It doesn't matter if vic. #1 was a teen what was done was done to him was wrong on every level and each and everyone of them that put football before the safety of children needs to be prosecuted!!!!!!! What was done to these boys will haunt them for the rest of their lives. It will also have a major major effect on being able to trust people! Obviously, you have no idea just how all of this effects not only their minds but their very souls! What ever they dole out they have coming! And I'm glad the entire world gets to see them for what they are. They may not have participated but their culpability is just as great!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      This is a witch hunt. What a coincidence that this just happens to come up 3 days before the election!!! Kelly is certainly not getting my vote. If they are accusing Curley and Schultz of lying why wouldn't they just have lied to Spanier to? Why on earth would they have told anyone if this was a cover up and if they did why would they have told him the truth. This case makes absolutely zero sense and is bound to be thrown out of court.

      This whole "scandal" is an absolute lie. People who think otherwise need to start paying attention to the actual details of the case. Victim 2 started out on the defense side with Sandusky. He came forward and said nothing happened. Then he switched to prosecution side months later. Never testified during trial and Sandusky was acquitted on all charges dealing with this victim, The prosecution was claiming the victim didn't exist but right after the trial ended, guess who decides to sue PSU for millions? Victim 2!!! This whole case is an absolute joke. America needs to wake up and realize that this whole case is unbelievable.

      Start paying attention America, no new evidence but months later and days before an election they decide to press charges....

      November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyborg6971

      Are you serious? Wow give me some of your koolaid. Wake up. These Dbags need to be taught a lesson. And Sandusky needs to be put down, like all the other cho moes out there. Cut out these mentally malformed degenerates.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I find it funny that even ESPN (who have been extremely against PSU since this whole thing started a year ago) are even questioning why it took them so long to press charges even though they have no new evidence.

      Seriously there was no possible motive here to cover this up. The popular theory is that they were out to protect the university's image, but the truth is one case of shower misconduct is not going to affect PSU's image. Especially, when the accused man is years removed from actually working for the University. For that same reason this would not have affected football either in any way shape or form. To think the was motivation for some sort of cover up may seem logical to someone from the outside who knows nothing about PSU but if you actually break down these cover up theories they make zero sense. Nothing in this case makes any sense.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyborg6971

      Keep living in your dream world ken. Like this has anything to do with the elections. Go back to faux news.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      Subnx, why are the contents of the Freeh report relevant? None of the Freeh report is primary evidence.

      This article is about criminal charges. All evidence to support those charges has to be produced independently of the Freeh report.

      Why do you think the contents of the Freeh report are even relevant?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DustyOnes

    Soon to be known as Penn State Junior College

    November 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      And their top sport would be volleyball.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenny

      soon to be known as the former penn state junior college....

      November 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      FUNNY! OMG so originally and clever.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      *original

      Sorry, it was just so funny I typed out the wrong word in my fit of laughter.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike fromCalgary

    I would assume that the University President was getting 200-1000 emails per day. There is nothing remarkable in these emails. They did not request or require any action by Spanier. They indicate an investigation occured and "nothing" was found.
    Is Spanier supposed to then FABRICATE EVIDENCE TO PLEASE THE PROSECUTOR, as happened in the CONRAD BLACK case (convictions tossed out by USSC) or in the ROGER CLEMENS case, which was unanimously tossed out by the 12 jurors who scrutinized the tainted evidence marshalled by the prosecutor.

    Those cases and these charges against Spainier EPITOMIZE WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE USA. No wonder executive talent, investment dollars and job are leaving the US for less litigious societies. And these misguided persecutions cost everybody ... except the lawyers milking the system for fees and publicity and votes.

    Give a kid a hammer and everything becomes a nail. GIve the Attorney-Generals the power to prosecute ... and everyone becomes a target ... and the evidence be dammed. Just ask Roger Clemens or Conrad Black or Barry Bonds or Lance Armstrong or Graham Spanier.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doing his job

      The president at PSU gets well into 6 figures, shouldn't he read, comprehend and address EVERY E-mail he gets?

      November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neece

      As the University President, I would think he would pay more attention or at the very least want to know what the investigation was about. I don't believe that he didn't know and obviously the feds don't either!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      @DoingHisJob, someone in that position is too busy to read every e-mail he gets.

      Consider this, could the President of the U.S. (an even more important position) possibly read every e-mail that he gets? There simply isn't enough time.

      Now, if he responds to the e-mail, then he should read the e-mail. The President would also have supervisory responsibility over the people who do read the e-mail. (Or the person who manages the people who read the e-mail).

      November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oscar

    Nancy you are a fool. Paterno was made aware ,saw nothing was done and continued to see Sandusky on campus, at the
    team facilities,with the knowledge of what may have been done to the innocent victims. You are CLUELESS

    November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      Oscar, what post are you referring to? The only post that I found by a "Nancy" said one word "amen."

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      Page 51 of the Freeh report describes how Paterno wrote on Sandusky's1999 retirement proposal that he didn't want Sandusky bringing Second Mile kids into campus training and workout facilities. Despite the myth that Paterno was all powerful, he was overruled, and Sandusky was given such access and emeritus status.

      In 2001, Penn State banned Sandusky from bringing boys into the campus showers, and I believe Sandusky complied. I don't see how Paterno was expected to go to the cops when the only eyewitness,McQueary, never did.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill constantine

      You are correct. This guy would pass each others desk every day. Paterno knew what was foinf on with every one. everyone told on each other. You know how offices ae..I wish this story would die. I am tired of it..These guys knew about the situaion, so what are you going to do to them..

      November 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry Hay

    I have seen so much about this but am still wonering? Why a whole football program is being punished because of one person that was a small part of it. When this the latest event happend it was reported to JoePa and he wnt up the chain as anyone of us would do. I will not argue that he could have done more. But it was reported to his boss the president of PSU and from what I understand it was reported to or made aware of, to the Board of Directors. And who was a member of that but the State Of Pa. Attorny General. Someone who knows the law and he decided to do nothing. I wonder why he is not held responsible.
    I think every PSU Student, Player or fan should demand that their hard work and support is not treated as if it never happened just because of a single Pedifile. Yes we all make mistakes and maybe those in the chain should be held responcibe but not the Football Program.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turning Texas Blue

      Are you not listening to yourself?! You just listed: the reporter, the person he reported it you, the people THAT person reported it to... The Board heard it, and so on – and yet it continued. It continued! That's why they are all culpable.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      Barry, you haven't addressed the issue of (lack of) governance.

      When there's lack of governance, the entire area below suffers. That's how it works and how it has worked for centuries. Why should it be different now?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    And if that had been your child that was abused you would feel the same way, would you? You;re part the problem.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reyna

      Thank you, Rob. It's easy to brush things off as it being the way of the world these days, but framing it as if it were your own child brings us swiftly back to the horrors of child molestation.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Penguin

    I ddn't read the report but my spouse did. And my spouse says the emails alone are quite damming. It will be hard to deny their contents as part of the University Presidents job is to read every communication he receives

    November 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ethel

    Everyone involved should be castrated.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      Without anesthesia!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Archyle

    When a legal official says what's somebody did it means they have a bias. They are not there to make those kinds of decisions, but being the facts of an investigation before the body who will weigh the evidence. Life is not a courtroom drama, though you wouldn't know it based on what they say...morons..

    November 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MonMornQB

      Cops aren't attorneys. However, when they present their evidence to the State Attorney (who represents the People) the State Attorney tells the cops if law was violated. The cops are just passing on the info from the ATTORNEYS.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. northernCA

    Many many students were quoted saying to the football media on Saturday that they were camped out last week from Monday to Saturday to get seats to the Ohio State game at Penn. Were there no classes? Again I say nothing has changed. And now I'll add that their football program needs to be shut down until the community has a better understanding of what roll academics is supposed to have at Penn State.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      You think PSU needs to learn how to balance academics and football, yet graduation rates for Penn State Football players are among the top in the country.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      quite the junior college you've got going there if NOT attending classes gets such a "high" graduation rate

      November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumb

      You have no idea at all. I'm a PSU grad and completely support all of these jabronis going to jail, but you are wrong in several instances. The original comment on yours talks about the "FOOTBALL PLAYERS" graduation rates, not the entire student body. You lumped the entire student body into your argument which wasn't his point at all. And yes, I'm sure some idiots camp out all week and skip all their classes, but did you ever think that the majority of them went to class while one or two of them stayed at the camp site because they didn't have classes scheduled for that particular time? If you're going to comment, don't be completely ignorant and stupid. Think about what you're saying. I'm not here to defend my alma mater at all because I believe they royally screwed up this awful situation, but calling Penn State a junior college is pure blasphemy. One of the top public schools in the country is certainly not a junior college.

      Oh, and its “understanding of what ROLE academics,” not ROLL. Guess they didn’t teach that in junior college though…

      November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes, I went to Penn State

      You know, you do get to select your classes and therefore the days on which you have class. The ivy league school where I received my graduate degree didn't seem to have a problem with the academic quality at Penn State when they accepted me. Same for many of my friends who went to PSU and are now getting MDs, JDs, and PhDs at some of the best schools in the country. How could you even to begin to discern the quality of academics from a few kids you saw on TV. You do realize that there are thousands of undergrads there. Many like football, and many don't. Even many good students there like football, though I can't say that I enjoyed football much (I went to Penn State for the full scholarship, since my parents did not have much money to send me to college).

      November 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes, I went to Penn State

      So have you considered that students don't have a 24/7 course schedule (at any school), and therefore may rotate spaces in line with their friends during their free time?

      November 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YouArePennState

    Paterno lucked out getting lung cancer and dying.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. iceload9

    Going to be tough to get convictions if all they have is a couple of emails he was copied on.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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