Penn State’s Spainer Charged

The long-running scandal that is Penn State’s Sandusky sexual abuse problem has a new chapter.

Yesterday the university’s former president, Graham Spanier, was charged with charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for his role in the Jerry Sandusky case.

According to an article by Sara Ganim in The Patriot-News:

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been charged with obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and perjury related to the Jerry Sandusky case.

In addition, former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley both face additional charges, including felony obstruction, endangerment and conspiracy.

Spainer, who the Penn State board of trustees fired six days after authorities charged Sandusky with abusing several boys, faces eight charges. Three of them are felonies.

Spainer has apparently been working since August providing consulting work on national security for a “top-secret” government agency.

An investigation into the Sandusky case by Former FBI director Louis Freeh, found that Curley, Schultz and the late Joe Paterno, PSU’s football coach, knew of two sexual abuse incident allegations and declined to take action for fear of negative publicity.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer