November 1, 2012
Former Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier has been charged with perjury and obstruction as part of a “conspiracy of silence” in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Pennsylvania’s attorney general said on Thursday.
Spanier, 64, also is charged with endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy and failure to report child abuse in the Sandusky scandal, which rocked college sports and focused national attention on child sexual abuse. Sandusky was a Penn State assistant football coach.
“This is not a mistake, an oversight or a misjudgment. This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials at Penn State, working to actively conceal the truth, with total disregard to the suffering of children,” Attorney General Linda Kelly told a news conference.