Friday, August 2, 2013

Former NU Chancellor Graham Spanier to stand trial in Penn State Sandusky child abuse scandal

Graham Spanier, left, with Jerry Sandusky (Reuters)
Former NU Chancellor Graham Spanier, an author of a study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior concerning the practice of mate swapping, or "swinging," earned, according to Wikipedia, earned an annual salary of $545,016 while President of Penn State. His compensation was ranked third among his peers at surveyed public universities nationwide, and was the fifth-highest university pay in America, a total annual package in excess of $800,000.
     "Spanier spent five years trying to block the release ... by The Patriot-News of Harrisburg [of] the salaries of Penn State’s highest-paid officials, including [Joe] Paterno, from the state retirement system. ... The university lost before the pension board, the Commonwealth Court and, in 2007, the State Supreme Court."
     Tuesday, Spanier and two former top school administrators were ordered to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal...
     The men engaged in a "conspiracy of silence," the lead state prosecutor, Bruce Beemer, said during his closing argument. They covered up their failure to tell police about a 2001 allegation that Sandusky was molesting a boy in a university locker room shower, despite knowing that police investigated complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998, Beemer said.
     "When they were finally asked about (the 1998 investigation), it was 2011 and what happened in the interim?" Beemer said.
     ...Spanier's lawyer, Elizabeth Ainslie, told Wenner that the case against him "amounts to innuendo and far-fetched inference." Meanwhile, Curley's lawyer, Caroline Roberto, took aim at McQueary, saying his testimony included "embellishment" and that every time he testifies he says "something more or different." On Monday, McQueary also testified that Paterno criticized Penn State's handling of the Sandusky allegation and Paterno warned him that school officials would try to make him a scapegoat.
     Penn State and the Paterno family declined to comment.

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