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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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Tim Berton

    The AG complained that Spanier didn't keep the Board informed during the Sandusky grand jury investigation so that undermines your theory. The Board has certainly been inept but inept is not necessarily criminal.

    I think Second Mile is the most culpable because they knew of 1998 and 2001 shower incidents and did nothing to restrict Sandusky's unsupervised access to boys. They never reported the 2001 incident to child protective services either. Second Mile should have just banned Sandusky from unsupervised contact with boys in 1998,j ust as a precaution.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kamalla

    Rotten to the core. All of them!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. proper reporting

    Don't listen to these talking heads above. If you suspect for even just one moment that a man is stalking a boy, call the police ASAP.
    Do not call Second Mile. Do not call the Boy Scouts of America. Do not call your holy men together to chat about it, and do not call your significant other. Call the police. (duh)

    November 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. proper reporting

    When it comes to openly gay (or in Sandusky's case, bi-gay) men stalking and lusting for some tight boy ass, there's only one number to call: 911.
    Everyone already knows to call 911 if an openly straight man is stalking and lusting for some tight girl giney. (plus the topic is man (Sandusky) on younger males)

    November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smyly

    Well, it's about damn time.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. proper reporting

    Jerry Sandusky started the Second Mile Program, and like all stalkers of underaged males, spent years conditioning the minds of Second Mile associates, winning their trust and andmiration to the point where it was unthinkable that Sandusly would hump on boys.
    Many boy stalkers pose as token gay friends, and spend years earning the trust of parents. Child stalkers do not concern themselves with winning the trust of children, for even an ignorant gay man lusting for some tight boy ass knows that if dad and mom trust the buttwrangler, said buttwrangler must be a decent guy.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamessavik

      I've never heard of a case where an out, gay male molested kids. It's always a closet pervert.

      The open hand has nothing to hide.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fuggaboudit

    Castrate him!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chandler fry

    people so easiky manipulated no wonder Armstrong got away with what he do. why is that guy who say he say sanducky in shower with that kid suin the scjhool for a cool 4 mill ? that make sense to any folks? what about that guy who brag about gettin rich from school ? this aint about the school it about makin money and that all it about nobody saw that guy rapin those kids in the shower or out of shower so nobody knew about no abuse and stay quiet easyto say what shuld been done once whne lookin back but at time they was nothiun but report of him showerin in wide open shower with kid but what also came out is that other men brought kids friends of they sons whatever and they showeer with them too so that was nothin that wasnt normal any of you talkin abut this case read the court transcipt? I did – the whole thing i think all yall shuld readh it too all it come down to is the boyu word and Mcquery word over Sanduky OJ had more evidance in his trial and he got off justice aint just blind it dumb to

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

      What language is this?

      November 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bpsf

      Many people saw his inappropriate behavior and did not report it. That makes the U liable. Do you really think he is innocent of all charges?

      November 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. proper reporting

    One such openly token gay passed a backround check and became a Colorado Springs Police officer 7 years ago. Joshua Carrier spent years winning the trust of parents and schoolteachers before he finally "pulled the trigger".
    He volunteered for all sorts of boy youth activities and was very very generous with his time and his money supporting boy youth activities. (being gay, he wasn't interested in girls)
    Seven years later he was finally caught, but only after dozens of young males had been terrorized. Parents in our commulity thought he was the coolest token gay ever...always inviting Carrier to family socials and showing-off how tolerant they were of gay men. Fools all.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ruth

    Does this guy seriously think that anyone believes this bull? He really should work out a deal to possibly avoid jail time. Why would he keep a file name "Sandusky file" if there was nothing to it? One of the three guys charged will probably work a deal with the DA and turn on the other two. There is just too much evidence in form of emails, files, etc. There is no defense for what they did and all in the name of protecting the football program. If they had acted differently, they would probably be viewed as heroes instead of sleaze balls. The real culprit is dead, Joe Paterno, the saint, is the one who really kept everything quiet. Sandusky was his direct employee and he had to know what was going on.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      The sick part is, you are absolutely wrong. Joe Paterno may be at fault but he is extremely far from the top of the list for worst offenders in this scandal.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Mary, chris said that it goes further than Paterno.
      The buck doesn't stop at Paterno, which is what Chris said.
      In other words, HE wasn't the real culprit, as Ruth said; there were people even higher than Paterno who enabled Sandusky.
      I understood perfectly what was said.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. proper reporting

    Again, if you suspect for even one moment that an adult is stalking/lusting for underaged males and/or females, call 911.
    Do NOT call your priest. Do NOT call your preacher. Do NOT call your husband and do NOT call your wife. Call the freaking police you moron.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. proper reporting

    Before the Department of Justice changed laws earlier this year, it was impossible to convict a gay man of statutory raype. Gay convicts simply appealed their cases to the Supreme Court that has published opinions stating it is a violation of a gay mans civil rights to use his se xual preference against him in a court of law.
    As reported on CNN, our Dept. of justice CHANGED laws regarding statutory raype to include any adult that so-much as fondles a child. If you have the poop of a 17 yr. old boy on your fingers, you are a statutory raypeist in the eyes of the law. Your se xual preference no longer needs to be proven to convict you of lusting after a boy and raypeing him for se xual gratification.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Noel

    Good. He should be charged.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sad

    who was the governor at the time? is he involved also?

    November 3, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sir

      the question is were you involved. you are quite the idiot fella.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pat

    conspiracy of silence? Why not when the conspiracy laws are the most used and abused law in the US. If there is no other law that had been broken then conspiracy is used time after time after time never even needing to be proved a black mark against US Justice. Certainly if Spainier actually knew and was part of a cover up he should be charged and hopefuly convicted however, a conspiracy would have needed to be a pact with the clear objective to cover up.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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