Graham Spanier, former Penn State president, to reportedly be charged amid Jerry Sandusky fallout
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, who served during the infamous Jerry Sandusky scandal, will reportedly be charged with obstruction of justice and perjury, according to a report Thursday morning from Christian Red of The New York Daily News. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan will make an announcement connected with the case later in the day on Thursday.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh conducted an independent investigation earlier this year and released a report that confirmed Spanier and former head football coach Joe Paterno were aware as far back as 1998 of the allegations made against Sandusky. The report also showed that they subsequently took action to cover up the allegations. Paterno and Spanier were never charged and Paterno passed away January 2012. The Athletic Director at the time, Tim Curley and the Vice President of the school, Gary Schultz, have been charged with perjury and failure to report an incident of abuse.
Sandusky was sentenced in October to up to 60 years in prison and will not be eligible for parole until at least 30 years have been served. He was moved on Wednesday to a prison in southwestern Pennsylvania where most of the state’s death row inmates are located. The University received heavy sanctions from the NCAA in the wake of the fallout, including a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban and the loss of scholarships.