Graham Spanier Maintains He Didn't Cover Up Abuse; Sandusky Files Notice of Appeal
Graham Spanier disagrees with an independent investigative team’s finding that he covered up allegations of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky.
Spanier’s attorneys, Tim Lewis and Peter Vaira, released a statement Thursday afternoon reiterating Spanier maintains he was never told of any incident of child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any nature by Sandusky.
“Not only did Dr. Spanier never conceal anything from law enforcement authorities, but prior to 2011 he was never contacted by law enforcement officials, or any other officials, about any criminal activities now attributed to Sandusky,” the statement, in part, reads.
Penn State’s internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal, led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, determined Spanier, as well as officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, as well as former football coach Joe Paterno, made an effort to conceal Sandusky’s abuse because of the potential for bad publicity and damage to the university’s image.
Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts in a child sex abuse case last month. He currently awaits sentencing in Centre County Correctional Facility.
His co-counsel, Karl Rominger, filed a notice of appeal Thursday in Centre County Court.
The complete statement from Spanier’s attorneys reads:
“As a former Federal Judge and a former United States Attorney, we appreciate and respect the investigative efforts of the Freeh Group and the comprehensive report they have today provided the Board of Trustees of Penn State University.
"Unfortunately, Judge Freeh’s conclusion, repeated often during his press conference this morning, that Dr. Spanier was engaged in a course of “active concealment,” is simply not supported by the facts or by the report itself.
"And as he told Judge Freeh himself last Friday and has steadfastly maintained, at no time in his 16 years as President of Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of any incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct, or criminality of any nature.
"While we disagree with certain of Judge Freeh's conclusions, Dr. Spanier joins with others in hoping that the University will never have to endure such a traumatic chapter again. This has been a painful episode in the history of a great university, and the thoughts and prayers of Dr. Spanier, and all of us, continue to be with the victims and their families.”