Penn State ex-president Graham Spanier heads to trial in Sandusky scandal

Posted March 21, 2017

Prosecutors said Spanier, the former Penn State University President, former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley were told about Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys in 1998 and again in 2001 and didn't report it to police.

Corky Goldstein, a Harrisburg attorney joined us in studio to talk about the Graham Spanier case set to start tomorrow.

He should know either by day's end or sometime Tuesday which of them will be chosen to hear the case against him on charges of child endangerment and conspiracy.

Spanier is charged with putting children at risk by mishandling child sex abuse complaints about Sandusky.

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

Spanier did not report the complaint to police or child welfare and allegedly told Sandusky not to bring children onto campus anymore. He had been the first school official to hear McQueary's account of the shower incident.

Spanier has said that Curley and Schultz characterized the incident in the shower as horseplay and not any form of child abuse. Spanier gave his approval to having Curley tell Sandusky to get professional help or face a report to the state's child welfare agency. He called the plan "humane and a reasonable way to proceed". It's taken years to get to trial because the case became mired in a lengthy legal battle over the actions by the school's then-general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, when the administrators testified before the grand jury in 2011.

Spanier was later charged with a number of felonies but his more serious charges were dropped in 2016.

The trial, which according to Judge John Boccabella could last up to two weeks, will go over a time period of February 2001, when McQueary says he witnessed Sandusky in a Penn State locker room shower, to October 31, 2012.

Schultz and Curley recently pleaded guilty to lesser charges of child endangerment. McQueary won a $12 million verdict.

The 68-year-old Spanier declined to comment as he entered the courthouse Monday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.