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Updated: Graham Spanier faces eight total charges, including felonies

Spanier and Sandusky attend the Second Mile Celebrity Golf Classic in State College Reuters

To date, the only high-ranking Penn State officials to face charges in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal were former Vice President Gary Schultz and soon-to-be former athletic director Tim Curley. If multiple reports Thursday morning turn out to be true, you can add one more important individual to that list.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported early Thursday morning that former PSU president Graham Spanier is expected to be formally hit with perjury and obstruction of justice charges today. Pennsylvania State Attorney General Linda Kelly is expected to make the announcement. There has been no comment from Spanier or his legal representation. Penn State is still paying Spanier’s legal costs.

NBC News was one of several outlets to confirm the story later this morning. If the reports turn out to be true, the charges will come almost one year exactly after the Grand Jury indictment of Sandusky was released, detailing graphic and horrifying acts of child-sex abuse spanning back to the 1990′s. Spanier, along with  longtime coach Joe Paterno, was fired shortly thereafter.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator under Paterno, was found guilty on 45 counts of child-sex abuse over the summer and has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. He has since been moved to a facility for death row inmates and is currently requesting a new trial.

Spanier was one of a handful of key Penn State officials mentioned in the Freeh report, which documented the university’s response to Sandusky’s actions. Spanier was originally planning to sue his former employer over access to emails from 1998-2004 in preparation for Freeh investigators, though that suit was later dropped. In an August interview with ABC Nightly News, Spanier pleaded ignorance to any knowledge of Sandusky’s pedophilia.

I wish in hindsight I would have known more about Jerry Sandusky and his terrible, terrible hidden past so I could have intervened,” Spanier said. “I didn’t conjure up… anything more than throwing water or snapping towels… It’s not in my nature to go around thinking the worst in people.”

Spanier added that the Freeh report was biased and that emails exchanged among PSU admins were taken out of context.

Curley and Schultz are also facing perjury charges related to the case. Their trial is set to start this January.

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Updated 11:45 p.m. ET: As expected, Spanier has been formally charged in his case. The former Penn State president faces eight charges in all. The felony charges include perjury, endangering welfare of children and conspiracy. All are third-degree felonies. Spanier’s misdemeanor charges include one count of obstruction of the administration of law, one count of conspiracy and one count of failure to report.

Here’s the LINK to the document containing Spanier’s charges.

Additionally, Schultz and Curley face additional charges, including felony obstruction, endangerment and conspiracy. Those charges are added to the perjury and failure to report a crime charges the two are already facing.

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27 Responses to “Updated: Graham Spanier faces eight total charges, including felonies”
  1. dkhhuey says: Nov 1, 2012 10:06 AM

    Good – they can start a new cell block for all of the PSU scumbags that need to serve the rest of their lives behind bars.

  2. onceuponatimeinsports says: Nov 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    Is it too late to dig up Joepa and drag his carcass through the streets as a warning to others….?

  3. manchestermiracle says: Nov 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    “I wish in hindsight I would have known more about Jerry Sandusky and his terrible, terrible hidden past so I could have intervened,” Spanier said. “I didn’t conjure up… anything more than throwing water or snapping towels… It’s not in my nature to go around thinking the worst in people.”

    1) With what we now know was known at the university, this quote makes him sound pretty incompetent, and
    2) Part of the job includes being open-minded about the possibility (however remote it may seem) that some folks have some rather wretched skeletons in their closets.

    Why in the world is the university still paying this dumb ass’s legal fees?

  4. bigjdve says: Nov 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    Yes the Freeh report was biased. However you were the president, you were the ultimate authority at the university.

    You allowed Sandusky to be brought back as an Emeritus Professor. You are the one that should be getting the lynching that JoePa got.

    And guess what, YOU ARE STILL ALIVE. I hope they lynch you, find you guilty, and leave you in gen pop. This is only because they can’t tar and feather you and drag you through the streets.

    You were the one that had the absolute power to protect those kids, because no matter what was said by any faculty member, you had the power to overturn it and do something about it. You didn’t.

    I hope your disgrace and death are long torturous and painful.

  5. cbass59 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    But JoePa did everything he was legally required to do…..(sarcasm)

  6. bigjdve says: Nov 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    cbass59: maybe he should’ve done more, however I look at JoePa as more like McQuery in that they don’t have the final say so in the more.

    either way the guy ultimately responsible didn’t and is still making excuses.

    I don’t know if JoePa would be as he is dead. However I do know what Spanier is doing.

    More to the point, punishing someone dead does nothing but hurt the living as the dead don’t feel a thing.

    So no matter what we have a bastard that we can nail that is still squirming.

  7. southernpatriots says: Nov 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    Friends and colleagues who live near the area have been telling us for some time now that all heads will eventually roll. Anyone who had any taint in the matter will be brought up on some kind of charges. Most administrators who looked the other way and did not follow up or did not act, will be held to account. Spanier is one of the first. There will be others. May the investigators and prosecutors find all who were involved in the acts of horror on the children or the cover-up afterward and prosecute them all.

    There continues to be a federal investigation into a possible network which operated with Sandusky in trafficking of children across state lines and related matters.

    Several victims of Sandusky have made attempts to kill themselves in the past several months as these matters continue to unfold in the courts. Please do not forget the victims and remember them in your prayers.

  8. dutchman1350 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    Another layer on the onion peel. I hope this will extend to Gov. Tom Corbett who was more negligent than anyone at Penn State. He was the State DA, and sat on evidence for two years, yet is getting zero attention.

  9. tonyricemajorharris says: Nov 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    Piece of sh*t

  10. thraiderskin says: Nov 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    How can he not be somehow legally responsible, but perjury? I know Capone ultimately got it for tax evasion, but there has got to be a more deserving activity you can charge this guy with.

  11. blastfurnaceknows says: Nov 1, 2012 12:56 PM

    What I’d like to know is why it took so long to charge this twisted (insert string of profanities here). What I’d like to see is the fall of Tom Corbett . . . and the sooner the better. What I’d like to see next is the whole lot of them in orange jumpsuits for a LONG time. What I know, is that money was prioritized over child welfare by every one these creepy and morally bankrupt less-than-humans.

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    Not sure why all the JoePa comments are getting thumbs down from JoePalogists. Yes, they’re a little over the top, but with all of the new charges, it should be obvious to even those myopians that were JoePa alive today, he too would have been indicted.

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    wish they blow the lid off second mile which will never happen

    And as someone stated above that he knows someone who said heads will roll. Couldn’t be more innacurate. It has been contained to 3 individuals. Christ Ericsson was made president and he was Spankers right hand man the whole time. if Spanker knew he knew. Corbett will go undamaged. Second mile will never be investigated. Who killed the DA? it’s wrapped in a nice little package of 3 men based on 3 emails. Many questions will go unanswered.

    Self righteous AG talks about how many kids were molested since 1998 when in fact Sandusky wasn’t charged in 98, and Spanker actually did not intercede in that case so shes talking out of her ass. with that rationale how many we’re molested in the 3+ years that Corbett sat on the case until he was elected. what about one of the victims stating he was going to commit suicide because he came forward and they did nothing for him. Corbetts excuse was they needed more victims before he could charge. Based on that if I am raped my assailant won’t be charged because he only raped me. Corbett put one narc on the case so he could reap all the benefits Second mile money gave him. Oh yeah and gov Corbett..what about the state grants that you gave to second mile WHILE SANDUSKY WAS BEING ACTIVELY INVESTIGATED?

  14. blastfurnaceknows says: Nov 1, 2012 2:29 PM

    If Paterno was alive today, he would no doubt been indicted and rightly so. They all knew. They all opted to overlook their football coach child rapist. While they were all going about their business of football, their football coach child rapist went on raping children, and in some cases doing it directly under all of their pig noses right on their campus. Then when they all finally got caught, they all lied. They are all guilty of being complicit in the rape of children. If they didn’t do it for a financial motive, then why? Wins and fraud’s coaching legacy? Either way, it is bottom-barrel sick.

  15. phillyphan93 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    Dutch, i agree, this dude must have been seriously connected. Upon leaving Penn State this guy went on to work for Homeland Security, being paid by the federal government, how he got through the hiring process is beyond me. And Corbett had something like 15 investigators looking into dirt on his opponents, while assigning 1 to the Penn State case, terrible. For those who have the ability to vote in Pa, lets remember that when entering the booth.

  16. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 1, 2012 4:58 PM

    Dear Southerpatriot:

    Seriously, where do you get this bullshit?

    “Several victims of Sandusky have made attempts to kill themselves in the past several months as these matters continue to unfold in the courts. Please do not forget the victims and remember them in your prayers.”

    These guys are going to miss one helluva payday if they were to kill themselves.

    Is it wisdom, apparently not. LOL

  17. auburntigers34 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    does anyone know if the Second Mile foundation is still being investigated? i’d be shocked if it wasn’t a front for a pedophile ring and that there are others out there that should be in prison with Sandusky right now.

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    No second mile investigation. I was allowed to fold as if it never existed

  19. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 1, 2012 10:04 PM

    houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 1, 2012 4:58 PM

    Dear Southerpatriot:

    Seriously, where do you get this bullshit?

    “Several victims of Sandusky have made attempts to kill themselves in the past several months as these matters continue to unfold in the courts. Please do not forget the victims and remember them in your prayers.”

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    Seriously? Um, the sworn testimony, maybe. Victims of sexual abuse are often suicidal. And many of those contemplating it did so when they were younger. Douche.

  20. clemsonstillsucks says: Nov 1, 2012 11:05 PM

    Anyone who knew about Sandusky’s actions – alleged or proven – and failed to stop it, report it, or publicize it, should suffer the same fate as Sandusky himself, both here and in the afterlife.

    In light of the children and the innocence that was stolen – football and politics dim in comparison.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 1, 2012 11:27 PM

    @ myopinioniswrongerthanyours

    Hey stupid, exactly WHO made this sworn testimony?

    Patriot is talking out his ass as usual when he says “Several victims of Sandusky have made attempts to kill themselves….” and neither you nor the author can back this statement up with facts or testimony, just bullshit.

    Your turn.

  22. oldcat157 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:52 AM

    Joe knew what was coming and that burden killed him. Total coward. Took the easy road. Hope Sandusky is getting ravaged everyday in prison.

  23. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 2, 2012 8:55 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says:
    Nov 1, 2012 11:27 PM
    @ myopinioniswrongerthanyours

    Hey stupid, exactly WHO made this sworn testimony?

    Patriot is talking out his ass as usual when he says “Several victims of Sandusky have made attempts to kill themselves….” and neither you nor the author can back this statement up with facts or testimony, just bullshit.

    Your turn.

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    Are you really this dumb, or do you just not pay attention. The sworn testimony delivered in the Sandusky trial, douchebag. Plus vitcim one has said it in interviews. PLUS, there are numerous pscyhologicals studies AND other criminal cases on the subject.

    Your turn to do some research, ignoramos.

    Your flat out denial is what’s BS.

  24. tigersgeaux says: Nov 2, 2012 9:24 AM

    @myopinionisrighterthanyours: Thank you. I was going to reply to this Douchebag, liar and idiot who uses the alias “houndofthebaskervols” but is an ass and an embarrassment to Tennessee Volunteer fans. Thank you again. Keep it up!

    The remainder of this post I will direct at the idiot a$$wipehoundofthebaskervols:

    You are the worst example of any fan we know of the Tennessee Volunteers. First you make up lies that southernpatriots somehow offended Marcus Lattimore. Liar! Blatant damn liar! They never did and never would. Then you blame LSU fans of posting negatives to you when Florida, Texas, Big 10, and PAC fans and others have readily posted rebuttals to your profane and vulgar false accusations.

    Now you continue this personal attack upon the family of professionals posting on this forum as southernpatriots. Unlike you, they are a family of real patriots having served this country as American Heroes and then continue to serve the country afterward in helping people. I will take my annual two weeks of vacation and personal leave again this Christmas and join many family members of the southernpatriots’ family in their annual outreach to the precious rural people of Central Appalachia. During that time, several members of the family will travel to Pittsburgh and State College, PA and resume the consultations for therapists and therapy for child victims of sexual abuse including victims of Sandusky.

    Douche idiot, your blatant stupidity astounds those who have worked with child sexual abuse victims many years. We have heard their tearful accounts of depression and self abuse, including many attempts at hurting themselves, even suicide attempts. Most victims of Sandusky have not and will not go public. These silent victims have no law suit pending against Penn State or any hope of redress due to statute of limitations having expired many decades ago. Even some who experienced abuse within the statute of limitations, have chosen no to go public and not to sue. Most remain very private and suffer privately.

    Just because you denigrate the efforts going forth to bring therapy and help to the many silent victims of Sandusky, it will not stop the efforts to help them. Your ignorance is profound. Your false accusations are based upon your own stupidity and likely inadequacies. Get a life. You are a liar and false accuser. You are a punk and a bully. Keep it up and add a few more to your growing resume here on CFT. Your reputation is beginning to proceed you.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/30/1152780/-Tree-Climbers-Sandusky-Victim-from-40-years-Ago-Steps-Forward

    http://www.power1051fm.com/cc-common/mainheadlines2.html?feed=457265&article=10514266

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/26/justice/pennsylvania-sandusky-developments/index.html

  25. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    @ the lsu whiners club

    Please point out any “lies” I’ve told about southerpatriot and I’ll apologize. Good luck with that. LOL

    Second of all, you have one alleged 57 year old victim who is not involved in the case that claims he attempted suicide 3 times. OK, thats one. Then you have a bunch of victims who are involved in the case that attest they have contemplated suicide, or were suicidal and I’m not in any place to dispute that. Still, I dont see “several victims who tried to kill themselves” in this equation.

    You guys can moan and cry all you want to but if you post a bunch of BS on one of these boards somebody might just call you on it. Sorry, here have a hanky.

  26. sbuel2 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    Before Second Mile closed they transfered all the money so the victims could not sue for it in civil suits. So transfer the money and close. I think some might still be investigated but these guys are being charged with lying and covering up the scandal.

    How many years did JoePa and Sundusky work together, with the first charges that were never prosecuted, Sandusky was allowed to retire but retained an office and the keys to the realm to continue his perversions.

    Penn State football program was and maybe still is bigger than the institution of Penn State University. Strange way to manage a University.

    The victims need counselling and yes all the money they can get from the people who allowed this to continue even with red flags all over the place. There are probably more victims that the statue of limitations have run out on. This is not something you start when you are in your fourties. The lives of the victims are damaged for the rest of their lives because some adult preyed on them.

  27. davereckon says: Nov 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    phillyphan93 | Nov 1, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT
    Dutch, i agree, this dude must have been seriously connected. Upon leaving Penn State this guy went on to work for Homeland Security, being paid by the federal government, how he got through the hiring process is beyond me. And Corbett had something like 15 investigators looking into dirt on his opponents, while assigning 1 to the Penn State case, terrible. For those who have the ability to vote in Pa, lets remember that when entering the booth.

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    Not that hard to imagine really. Spanier is connected. Dont you remember who the first head of homeland security was? Tom Ridge. The same Tom Ridge that served as PA Governor, and the Governor of PA has an automatic seat on the…….you guessed it……..Penn State BoT. So Tom Ridge basically established the Dept of Homeland Security, most likely with his hand picked staff, that would also need to repay the favor. And that, folks, is how its done in this country. As disgusting as this is, it shouldnt surprise anyone.

    This rabbit hole goes waaaaaaay deeper than any can, or would want to know. Now excuse me while I change the foil in my hat. I only allow myself a few minutes a week on the grid so they cant find me.

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