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Spanier Tells Freeh Investigators He was Not Aware of Any Child Sexual Abuse by Sandusky

on July 10, 2012 12:35 PM

Attorneys for former Penn State President Graham Spanier said Tuesday he was not aware of any child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky during his term as the school’s president.

Spanier met at length with investigators from the Louis Freeh Group four days ago in Philadelphia, the statement said, adding Spanier requested the meeting Friday to try and assist the Freeh group with an accurate report.

“Selected leaks, without the full context, are distorting the public record and creating a false picture,” attorneys Peter Vaira from Vaira & Riley and Elizabeth Ainslie from Schnader Harrison Segel & Lewis said in a statement.

“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 that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues.”

Spanier previously filed suit against the university, asking for copies of old emails to help him better answer questions.

His attorneys said now that the Freeh interview has taken place, they would revisit the issued lawsuit.

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