Spanier Charged in Sandusky Scandal
For months, Penn Staters have been wondering whether former president Graham Spanier would ever be charged in connection with the Sandusky scandal. That question was answered Thursday, as state attorney general Linda Kelly announced that Spanier, Tim Curley ’76, ’78g, and Gary Schultz ’71, ’75g had engaged in a “conspiracy of silence” to cover up allegations of child sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g.
The attorney general added charges against Curley and Schultz, and now all three men are facing five charges: perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, criminal conspiracy, and failure to report suspected child abuse.
“This was not a mistake by these men,” Kelly said during a news conference that started at noon. “It was not an oversight. It was not misjudgment on their part. This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials, working to actively conceal the truth, with total disregard for the children who were Sandusky’s victims.”
The university put Spanier, still a tenured professor who had been on sabbatical, on administrative leave; you can read the official statement by clicking here.
Spanier’s lawyers responded by calling the charges politically motivated and the timing—just five days before the election—suspect. Their statement, which you can read by clicking here, says in part: “The people of this Commonwealth, and the next Attorney General, should be outraged by this blatantly political, transparently vindictive, last-minute act of cowardice and desperation.”
Curley and Schultz are scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Friday in Harrisburg; Spanier’s arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Lori Shontz, senior editor