Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was charged with hushing up child sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky, “taking the allegations of a ‘conspiracy of silence’ to the highest level of the university and marking another chapter in the dramatic downfall of a once-renowned administrator,” ESPN.com reports.
Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. (Other campus officials also) face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy.
“This was not a mistake by these men. This was not an oversight. It was not misjudgment on their part,” said state Attorney General Linda Kelly. “This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth.”
At a Capitol news conference, Kelly said all three men “knowingly testified falsely and failed to provide important information and evidence.”