Graham Spanier told investigators he was unaware of Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse
Graham Spanier was reportedly “supportive” of the plan spawned by Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, but indicated they might "become vulnerable for not having reported it.” Until now, Graham Spanier has maintained that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz “had not indicated any plan" to report Jerrry Sandusky to the relevant authorities.
Graham Spanier has repeatedly testified throughout the trial that he was unaware of any child abuse sexual misconduct cases of a criminal nature that were ongoing in the Penn State during the period he was president of the institution. Graham Spanier took another step towards reiterating his claims on Tuesday, when he took the same stance in front of the Freeh Group investigators. The Freeh group run by former FBI director Louis Freeh, was hired by the Penn State University to investigate whether the school authorities and former coach Joe Paterno knew Jerry Sandusky was molesting children.
“At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky,” stated Graham Spanier’s lawyers Peter Vaira and Elizabeth Ainslie, “that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues.”
Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno were fired from Penn State only a few days after Jerry Sandusky’s November arrest. However, Graham Spanier contested that he voluntarily handed over his resignation to the Penn State trustees.
During the child sexual abuse trail of Jerry Sandusky, Graham Spanier was cited testifying in the grand jury report that he was approached by two men who wanted to alert the school authorities regarding an incident involving Jerry Sandusky “that made a member of Curley's staff `uncomfortable.” However, Graham Spanier portrayed it as a harmless incident in the report, stating that Jerry Sandusky was “with a younger child” in the football team’s locker room and “they were horsing around in the shower."
The jury report stated that Graham Spanier maintained that the complained bought to him was not portrayed in a “sexual in nature.”
The grand jury report further revealed that even on the day that Graham Spanier appeared in front of the grand jury on April last year, he was still unaware that the complaint against Jerry Sandusky had been raised by graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary.
Mike McQueary had reported to the Penn State authorities an incident involving Jerry Sandusky in the shower with a 10-year-old boy in 2001.
Graham Spanier’s lawyers contest that the e-mails have been taken out of context and they were “distorting the public record and creating a false picture."
Jerry Sandusky will receive a sentencing after he was convicted of 45 criminal counts just last month.
The court is set to a 17 August hearing on the Penn State officials’ attempt to cover up Jerry Sandusky’s criminal activities. Graham Spanier’s legal team might file a lawsuit against the Penn State University to be granted access to the e-mails for preparing a response.