Former Penn State President Found Guilty Of Endangerment In Sandusky Scandal
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was found guilty of one felony count of endangerment to children on Friday for failing to act after learning that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester.
Prosecutors claimed that Spanier broke the law after he failed to act when he learned of Sandusky’s sexual abuse from a report by assistant coach Mike McQueary in 2001, PennLive.com reports.
The former president of the university agreed with two other Penn State administrators not to report McQueary’s claim that he saw Sandusky showering with a young boy in a campus locker-room after hours. The other former Penn State administrators plead guilty to endangerment for their involvement in the cover-up last week.
According to emails between the three administrators, they knew Sandusky had been investigated by university police regarding a similar claim in 1998, Philly.com reports. The emails also show that they first decided to report the 2001 shower incident to child-welfare authorities, but instead reprimanded Sandusky and barred him from bringing boys to campus.
The longtime Penn State football assistant coach sexually assaulted at least four more children after the 2001 incident they chose not to report.
Spanier’s trial was the last criminal case to be settled from Sandusky’s disgraceful sexual abuse scandal. He will face a minimum sentence of three months for the felony charge, but could serve up to a year or more.