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Spanier heads to trial

21 March, 2017, 03:55 | Author: Mae Harvey

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier will face a jury tomorrow for his role in allegedly covering up the child sex abuse crimes of Jerry Sandusky.

What was established in open court was that as expected, Graham Spanier's former co-defendants - former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Penn State Vice-President Gary Schultz - are expected to testify in the trial of their former boss.

The administrators told Sandusky he could not bring children onto campus anymore, but they had no plan to enforce that rule, prosecutors said.

The government witness list also names police investigators and university staff who knew about earlier complaints about Sandusky.

Spanier was forced out as university president shortly after Sandusky was charged with child molestation in November 2011.

The charges against Spanier are related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that rocked the university in 2011.

Spanier, 68, is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of children and a single conspiracy charge, all felonies.

Prosecutors say Spanier and two of his former top lieutenants dealt with complaints about Sandusky more than 15 years ago.

Spanier has said that Curley and Schultz characterized the incident in the shower as horseplay and not any form of child abuse. "But I never, ever heard anything about child abuse or sexual abuse or my antennae raised up enough to even suspect that".

Jury selection took almost 11 hours.

As a result, a Pennsylvania appeals court threw out numerous more serious charges against the three a year ago, and more recently the trial judge pared the case back even more.

On Monday, they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment and could face up to five years in prison along with a 10-thousand dollar fine.

For much of the past six years, the three men have appeared to be solidly together. That list includes Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant coach who reported seeing Sandusky shower with a boy in 2001. McQueary won a $12 million verdict.

It's not clear whether they will testify this week, as prosecutors and Spanier's lawyers have declined to comment, citing an order from the judge.

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