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. Prosecute secret keepers

    ALL US "christian" religious leaders call themselves together RATHER than simply calling the police when one of their own is caught raypeing an underaged male of female church member.
    Just b/c they call themselves "christian" does not mean they aren't required to be decent citizens. Decent citizens call the police when they know of a crime, they don't just call each other as is the custom among US church leaders.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Prosecute secret keepers

    Your sins might be forgiven if you repent. But your crimes are decided by criminal courts in America.
    Jesus forgave the common criminal who was being executed alongside him. The man was forgiven for his sins and THEN executed for his crimes.
    Criminals face judges, sinners face God.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Taking careful note of the criminal being executed along side Jesus leaves no doubt in my mind that even those who say they were under the influence of say alcohol or big pharma meds and humbly ask for forgiveness are required to pay the piper.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Prosecute secret keepers

    You gossipy old church hags who gossip about the child raypers in your church RATHER than call the police, you too are GUILTY in the eyes of God and in the laws of men.
    You WILL be prosecuted for your steadfast refusals to call the police all these years. You should have called the police the moment you found-out and YOU know it.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Balderston

    , 'The interview has been completed, the investigation has been completed, nothing was found, Jerry felt badly that the kid might have felt badly.' "

    the "kid" MIGHT have felt badly? having one's body abused by a grown man, should have sounded all the alarm bells all over that campus; with exception of joe-pa, who luckly died before he too, could have faced the wraith of the courts, the rest will have their day to be judged for their lack of actions in these crimes. if my child have faced these horrors, brought about by their in actions, i would have been judge, jury and excutioner of many of these so called leaders of men

    November 2, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    Death is to gentle a punishment for them.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. shot the wrong person

    where is the guy from PA, that shot his niece because she was dressed up like a skunk for a halloween party, when you need him? Guns dont kill people.. people kill people.. unfortunately, the roman coliseum is closed and the guillotines are in museums now. Time to clean house America. If someone were to molest my daughter, trust me, they better find God and pray the cops get 'em before I do.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      The man in PA who shot his cousin at the Halloween party is heading to trial. He has waived his right to a hearing. Trial is scheduled for December.

      The girl is expected to live.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angee

    Good.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. lindaluttrell

    Good! I can only hope all serve time for their part in this cover-up!

    November 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mitch

    Send them all to jail.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. kortee

    what a mess

    November 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Shovel at Home Depot: $25. Five Gallons of gasoline: $20. Disposable lighter: $2. Problem solved for under $50.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Berton

    AG Kelly's rhetoric about a "conspiracy of silence" is contradicted by Freeh finding that Penn State consulted a lawyer and then told Second Mile officials and their lawyer about McQueary's 2001 allegations about Sandusky.

    Penn State trusted Second Mile to deal with Sandusky given that Sandusky was employed by Second Mile, the boys were supplied by Second Mile and Second Mile was overseen by state child protection agencies.

    Where are the charges against those lawyers and Second Mile officials who knew of 2001 and 1998?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. closetiguana

    Great. Once Penn State's low-life's have all been arrested we can then concentrate on the Church.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gregg

    I know this man and to say he should be killed shows that you should not live in this country, but perhaps a communist lawless land. What if he did not know anything? What if it was you and you did not know anything and people say you should fry anyway. Shame on you for saying kill him, burn him, bury him, etc. You are an insult to any sort of system.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike fromCalgary

    I am missing something? The emails say compalints were investigated. The emails says the investigation showed complaints were not substantiated. Is Spanier supposed to reject these reports by trained investgators and to do his own investigation? Does a University Presidnt have so little to do that for no reason whatsoever, he should reject their findlngs!

    Freeh's report is a disgrace!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RTK MD

      Mike, you might investigate Pennsylvania law. I have read that it requires these officials to report these accusations to the police rather than do their own investigation. I cannot verify the law, but you can check it out if you are interested in knowing the answer to your question.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      Those emails were from 1998, which was investigated by police. Those are to show that Spanier was informed of 1998 when he testified he didn't know about it.

      PA law requires people in certain jobs to report suspected child abuse to police or child protective services but it is a minor charge with a fine and a statue of limitations that expired before charges were filed. Kelly is going way beyond that and trying to get much serious charges of conspiracy and child endangerment. I'm not sure those charges will stick with the weak evidence she seems to have.

      The fact that Penn State consulted a lawyer in 2001 and then told Second Mile and their lawyer of the allegations undercuts the conspiracy of silence angle. Penn State reported to Second Mile and expected Second Mile to investigate and prevent Sandusky from abusing other Second Mile children. Second Mile seems far more guilty because they told no one else and did nothing.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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