Following Thursday’s developments inside of a Pennsylvania court, former Penn State President Graham Spanier has bow become the third ex-school official to be charged with a crime for attempting to cover up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. The prosecutors working the case also brought additional counts against two workers under Spanier at the time, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz as well. Those additional charges include endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz had already been charged with lying to the grand jury who tried Sandusky about these allegations.
Spanier’s lawyers released a statement saying, “These charges are the work of a vindictive and politically motivated governor working through an unelected attorney general …. whom he appointed to do his bidding.”
Pennsylvania State Attorney General Linda Kelly said, “This was not a mistake by these men. This was not an oversight. It was not a misjudgement on their part. This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth”. Kelly also said all three men “knowingly testified falsely and failed to provide important information and evidence.”
Prosecutors state that all three men, Spanier, Curley and Schultz all knew of complaints of Sandusky showering with young boys between 1998-2001.
Sandusky was just transfered to a maximum security prison on Wednesday where he will serve the 30-60 year sentence which was handed down to him early last month.