Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State University, was arraigned and released on bail Wednesday on charges that he had hid allegations that former football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys.
Spanier, 64, was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy in connection with the Sandusky scandal. Two former university officials, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, face the same charges.
They are accused of acting together and avoiding taking any action on reports that Sandusky had molested boys, who were clients of a charity that Sandusky had founded. The sexual abuse took place in Sandusky’s home and in the showers at the football training facility at Penn State, among other venues.
Sandusky, 68, is in prison after he was convicted of 45 counts of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He was sentenced to minimum of 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. Sandusky is appealing the case.