Graham Spanier ex Penn State president found guilty of 1 count of child endangerment
Graham Spanier was finally convicted on Friday of one count of child endangerment. It was over his handling of the child sex-abuse complaint against retired football coach Jerry Sandusky. The jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, found Spanier not guilty of the crimes of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment. The penalty for a first-time offender in this type of case can be anywhere from probation to a maximum sentence of five years in jail. Right now Graham Spanier is free on bail until his sentence is passed to him in the spring. The Prosecutors are keeping their decision to seek jail time to themselves but Spanier’s lawyer has already made public they will appeal.
Graham Spanier showed no emotion during the verdict
The jury took 13 hours to deliberate before handing down the verdict to the 68-year-old Spanier. The whole trial was centered around how he and two other university leaders handled a complaint by a graduate assistant to the football team. The assistant said he had seen Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in the team shower in 2001. The school’s responds to the incident was that they told Sandusky he could no longer bring children onto campus anymore, but not reporting any of this to the police or any other authorities. Of the eight young men that testified at Sandusky’s trial, four said it happened after 2001.
What found Spanier guilty
The former vice president Gary Schultz and Tim Curly the former athletic direct pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges a week ago. The plea deal lead to them testifying against Spanier. All three of the men denied knowing anything of a sexual nature happened in the encounter. The big piece of evidence that found all these men in hot water was an email exchange between the three. They debated what they should do with the report from Mike McQueary. He was the assistant who saw the incident. The email showed that Spanier gave the green light to Curley telling Sandusky to stop bringing children to the athletic facilities. They were also going to inform Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, of the incident. It is a charity founded by Sandusky for at-risky youths. The emails also showed that they planned to inform the state Department of Public Welfare. But Spanier approved putting it on hold and the agency was never contacted. This failure formed the main piece of what found him guilty.