Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier is now facing several criminal charges in the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office charged Spanier on Thursday with perjury, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy to obstruct, failure to report, conspiracy to commit perjury, and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said that Spanier was part of a "conspiracy of silence." Kelly, speaking during a news conference, also said Spanier turned a blind eye to Sandusky's predatory actions. Kelly said the evidence that forms the foundation for charges against Spanier includes emails and other correspondence indicating that Spanier knew about the accusations of child sex abuse, but failed to report them to the proper authorities.
Spanier's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, and he is expected to show up on his own accord.
Kelly was asked whether legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno would have been charged if he were still alive, but she said she would not speculate on that because he is dead.
Prosecutors have also filed new criminal charges against former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curly and former University Vice President for Finance and Businesss Gary Shultz.
Curley and Schultz are each charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of criminal conspiracy, third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines. They are also each charged with one count of obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function and one count of criminal conspiracy, second-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.
Curley and Schultz are scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges Friday, and jury selection for their trial is scheduled to begin January 7.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced October 9 to a minimum of 30 years in prison for his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse. The first opportunity he will get for parole will be when he is 98 years old.
On Wednesday, Sandusky was transferred to the prison where he will serve that sentence. The convicted child molester is being held at the Greene prison facility in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, where he will be under close supervision for his safety.
“We make individual decisions based on facts. Given the high-profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting,” said Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “As such, he will be placed in protective custody at SCI Greene to ensure his safety while in custody.”