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Prosecutors Want Spanier's Bail Maintained

by on December 04, 2012 1:11 PM

The Attorney General's office responded to former Penn State President Graham Spanier's request to have his bail relaxed, and asked the court that he not be granted the motion. 

Spanier was arraigned on Nov. 7 on $125,000 unsecured bail on five charges in connection with his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. He was charged with perjury, endangering the welfare of children, failure to report, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. 

Judge William Wenner ordered at Spanier's arraignment that the former university president be banned from leaving Pennsylvania and revoked his passport. Spanier has asked that he be allowed to travel without restriction, according to court documents. 

Prosecutors said they do not have a problem with Spanier traveling, "especially as it relates to family matters" so long as he notifies the court of his travel plans, "including location, length of stay and purpose of travel."

"A blanket travel request throughout the United States is simply to broad," prosecutors wrote, saying it would invalidate the intended purpose of Spanier's set bail.

The Commonwealth said that if the court is to grant permission, Spanier should be remanded to seek permission of the court in advance if he is attempting to travel internationally. 

"There should be no reason the defendant would need possession of his passport unless he has specifically sought and received the approval of the court as it relates to any international travel," prosecutors wrote. 

A judge has yet to rule on the status of Spanier's bail.

Spanier, along with former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who also face the same charges as Spanier, are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 in Harrisburg. 

Curley and Schultz have filed for a continuance and are seeking to have Ll charges against them dismissed. 

Commonwealths Reply to Defendant Spaniers Motion to Modify Bail

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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