Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, according to CBS. (Former athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges a week ago and testified against Spanier.)
The trial centered on how Spanier and two other university leaders handled a complaint by graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a team shower in 2001. They told Sandusky he could not bring children onto the campus anymore but did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities.
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011 after an anonymous tip led prosecutors to investigate the shower incident. He was convicted the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a decades-long prison sentence.
Spanier “was convicted for all the children who came to Penn State after what Mike McQueary saw that night,” state prosecutor Laura Ditka said at a news conference after the verdict was returned.
Besides the carnage that wasn't stopped - the email Spanier sent at the time was one of the most disgusting things you'll read.
“The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,” Spanier told Curley and Schultz in 2001 in the email exchange. He called the plan “humane and a reasonable way to proceed.” (Italic emphasis ours.) Though the next paragraph is pretty rough, too:
The child endangerment charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Prosecutors declined to say whether they would seek jail time. Spanier’s lawyer said he would appeal.
Might? Get the hell out of here. 5 years no parole is way too easy.
Craig Carton is gonna be thrilled at that last 'jail time or not' BS.
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