Former Penn State president arraigned in Sandusky scandal
Graham Spanier had been Penn State's president for about 16 years.
November 7th, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Former Penn State president arraigned in Sandusky scandal

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges he helped to cover up allegations that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing boys on campus, CNN contributor Sara Ganim reports.

Spanier was fired in November 2011 when the scandal broke, and was charged last week with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children, failure to report a crime and perjury. He had been Penn State's president for about 16 years.

District Judge William Wenner set his bail at $125,000 unsecured - meaning he won't have to pay any unless he fails to show up for future court dates - and the judge ordered that Spanier not leave the state of Pennsylvania without permission.

Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and ex-Vice President Gary Schultz  all face charges stemming from the Sandusky scandal. Curley and Schultz were arraigned Friday.

Read more on the Penn State scandal:

Pennsylvania governor, former Penn State president in war of words over Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky gets sentence of 30 to 60 years for child sex abuse

Attorneys blast Freeh report as Spanier speaks out

Former Penn State president denies role in coverup

Ousted Penn State president blasts report, says he was abused as a child

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    Reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition. The Freeh report is hearsay at best and gossip at its worst. Let us hope that there is more to this trial than innuendo and out of context emails.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • KP

      this guy can rot. Good luck during your judgement day loser

      November 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chantilly Tony

      The prez, vice prez, the AD and Joe Pa are all guilty of criminal obstruction of justice. Joe Pa should be tried in abstentia. The rest need not pass go on the way to jail.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonya

      You don't live here. You have no idea what you are talking about. Stop protecting pedophiles and their enablers.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      The exact same thing can be said of Lance Armstrong.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      Nope. The Freeh report was commissioned by the very same Penn State BOT that fired the President and Paterno, before they even commissioned Freeh. If you have a problem, it's with your own BOT, not the Freeh report.

      Moreover, I read the report in its entirety, and I think Spanier, Curley and Schultz all are likely to be convicted.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      your protests are of concern...you want to defend a pedophile enabler?

      November 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      In reply, I am not so egotistical and righteous that I can condemn a man of crimes against children without his having a day in court. So rave on those of you who know so little, yet speak the loudest.

      November 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      OK, Tony, so Sandusky's in the slammer for life following a fair trial, and now the rest of the cover-up kings get their day in court. What's your point?

      November 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • educational fraud

      What Penn State did was not include their accreditor or offer education to the victims. Schools accredited by the Association of Theology Schools, such as Western Seminary in Portland Or, can offer "education" and retained credits to students and their family free of charge if they agree to cover up for child molesters and other abuses. This has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education under Spellings and Duncan, and the Feds have used tax money to support such.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • max3333444555

      the folks disparaging your comment havent read the freeh report. spanier was the only one that didnt lawyer up and talked to freeh. the conclusions that freeh makes are exactly what you said.

      November 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      The Freeh report is mainly innuendo and opinions of unnamed sources. A page 51 footnote showed that Paterno did not want Sandusky to bring boys on campus after retirement but he was overruled. So much for Freeh's contention that Paterno always got his way.

      Page 72 of the Freeh report disproves the "conspiracy of silence" charge by AG Kelly. Penn State told Second Mile and their lawyer of McQueary's 2001 allegations. That is not silence. I'm sure Second Mile assured Penn State they would investigate and deal with Sandusky but they did nothing. Where are the charges for those Second Mile officials?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SkiOne

    Good this guy is probably worse than Sandusky

    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SkiOne

    This guy might be even worse than Sandusky himself

    November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Are u nuts? Joe knew and so did everyone else. Btw Jerry didn't just wake up in the 90's liking little boys. It prolly started in the 70's and 80's. We all know what PSU really stands for.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      So true. As long as the money and fame came pouring in, they didn't care who got screwed in their showers.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. warren

    may paid for their sins.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Bigotry is your policy.
    Pedophiles are criminals.
    Learn the difference.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    Spanier STEPPED DOWN; he wasn't fired. Yet another example of incorrect media information. Those of you watching this case should really look for actual information before you post about the people involved. If you're getting your info from media sources like this, your info is wrong.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthdetector

      Hmm...is this like Nixon 'stepped down', he wasn't fired (impeached)?

      November 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      President Spanier was indeed fired....He didn't step down of his accord as you seem to believe. Why don't you just think about this situation rationally. On November 10, 2011 Penn State Trustees fired Presdent Graham panier

      November 8, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chief

    When are they going to arrest Sandusky's wife? She is overdue for some jail time love.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • GatorALLin

      Have to agree 110% that Dottie knew for years and years what was going on and decided to put herself first. Lets just ask her to pass a lie detector test on the Dr. Phil show or other.

      November 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ram

    Why is Sandusky wife not arrested. She should be the first to be arrested – she know everything.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. common tater

    Almost as many crimes are committed in the name of football as are committed in the name of God.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bronx N.Y.

    Guess what??? There's more to come!!!

    November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael S.

    People who are talking about getting "enablers" are missing a very troubling point. where does criminal culpability end? Is Justice really going to be served by taking revenge on every single person who might have some connection to a crime, no matter how feeble? What will this mean for Civil Rights? Not a single person in America can be certain that someone they know will not a some point be accused of some crime – Do you really want to live in a nation where where your life can be destroyed by the behavior of a friend, neighbor or co-worker? This is the Nanny State running AMOK!

    November 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Berton

      The person who could have most easily stopped Sandusky in 1998 was the angry mother who complained to police and helped with their investigation. When the DA declined to press charges, she could have gone to the newspapers or filed a lawsuit. She had ample evidence to win a lawsuit with its lower burden of proof. Even if the lawsuit failed, Sandusky reputation would have been ruined.

      She could have also complained to Sandusky's boss, Paterno, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees. She could have gone over the DA's head to complain to the Attorney General and Governor.

      Why didn't she do more given that it was her son?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      Michael, you're absolutely right. Heck, they might as well arrest me, too. After all, I attended Penn State, and (*GASP*) went to football games. Therefore, I MUST have known what was going on, right? Some have actually implied that.

      November 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brainy75

    I've read the Freeh report. It was garbage. Too much speculation and way too much bad and potentially illegal advice in there. That a former FBI director would chastize the Pres. and Athletic Director for not seeking out and talking to the kid is ludicrous. That alone could be construed as intimidation and/or obstruction and is strictly the job of an LE investigator or Family/Child Services.

    In short, the Freeh report was a great grandstand for Freeh and his law firm. Not so great as far and showing culpability especially when you consider the reporting laws (or lack of) in place at the time; and the previous history with Sandusky in which they involved police, a child psych, Child Protective Services, and the campus police to investigate. But those investigations turned up nothing and set a baseline for what would lead to other issues..

    November 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      You did NOT read the Freeh report.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • max3333444555

      i read it and it was a poorly written report. the parts about spanier were particularly troubling with guesses and inuendo

      November 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    I agree let him rot, I also want to see the atty general at the time indicted. He can be found in the state Capitol, he knew about this for at least as long as Spanier and let boys be molested for another 9 years while he investigated. At least now we have a new atty general who will investigate the governor.

    November 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    EASY!! Make the charges on ALL who are involved! If found guilty, throw the key away! You are either part of the solution or part of the problem! For me, cover up makes you culpable, responsible for you actions, or the lack of! JOPA sufferred the shame and disgrace and he is dead! WHY should the living get a pass?

    November 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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