Penn State ex-president found guilty of child endangerment

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (WHTM)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier has been found guilty of one count of children endangerment for failing to report a complaint against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The verdict in Dauphin County was announced Friday afternoon after more than 12 hours of deliberation.

The jury didn’t believe Spanier prevented reports or covered up abuse, however, and found him not guilty of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.

Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and testified for the prosecution.

Both men told the jury that Spanier knew of the 2001 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy in a football locker room. They said he approved a plan to talk to Sandusky and report the incident to Sandusky’s charity for children, but the complaint was never reported to police or the Department of Public Welfare.

Curley and Schultz said the incident was never reported as sexual in nature. The former coaching assistant who says he witnessed it, Mike McQueary, testified he told the men it was sexual.

Spanier was forced out as president after Sandusky’s arrest in 2011.

Sandusky is appealing his conviction and a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

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