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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is arraigned

November 07, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • In this March 7, 2007 file photo, Penn State University President Graham Spanier speaks during a news conference.
In this March 7, 2007 file photo, Penn State University President Graham… (Carolyn Kaster / Associated…)

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail Wednesday on charges he lied about the child sex abuse allegations involving  Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy for his actions in response to complaints about Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, showering with children.

Spanier was Penn State's president for 16 years before being forced out last year.

A grand jury report alleged Spanier testified falsely that he did not know of a 1998 complaint against Sandusky.

“Spanier was obviously kept in the loop on this matter as [school vide president Gary] Schultz copied him in on emails that discussed the status and conclusion of the investigation,” the jury report said.

“It should be noted that Spanier continues to mislead with numerous public statements that contain demonstrably false statements,” the jury claimed.

“Spanier has committed no crime and looks forward to the opportunity to clear his good name and well-earned national reputation for integrity,” his defense lawyers said in a statement. “This presentment is a politically motivated frame-up of an innocent man.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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