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Graham Spanier arraigned

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in the Jerry Sandusky case, stemming from evidence in the Freeh Report that he knew of Sandusky's sexual abuse.

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Graham Spanier arraigned, pleads not guilty

In less than 10 minutes on Wednesday morning, former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned on $125,000 unsecured bail, was forced to forfeit his passport, and ordered to not travel outside of Pennsylvania, according to StateCollege.com.

Spanier, 64, was arraigned on five charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal: Perjury, endangering the welfare of children, failure to report, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Spanier pleaded not guilty.

Judge William Wenner said Spanier could not leave the state, "unless the court sees fit to extend him the privilege to travel in an extenuating circumstance."

Spanier's attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, said afterward it is "absolutely ridiculous" that Spanier, along with former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, were in a "conspiracy of silence" to help Sandusky.

"Dr. Spanier was never given a chance to speak to this grand jury to give his side of the story and we look forward to the chance to present his side of the story in the future," Ainslie told reporters.

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Spanier to be arraigned Wednesady

The former president of Penn State will be arraigned Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pa., according to The Associated Press.

Graham Spanier is accused of lying during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case and "trying to detrail the investigation." Spanier, 64, was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy in response to complaints about Sandusky showering with children.

Spanier, who was Penn State's president for 16 years, denies the allegations. Spanier was "forced out" last year after Sandusky was charged. Spanier is on paid leave from Penn State.

When Spanier was indicted last week, the grand jury presentment said Penn State was subpoenaed for documents in December 2010 regarding Sandusky's then-alleged abuses of children. Spanier was told about the subpoena, but said he had no information on Sandusky.

Prosecutors also added counts against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. Curley is Penn State's athletic director who is on leave, and Schultz is the school's retired vice president.

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Here's why Graham Spanier is in trouble

Here's a summary of the charges against Graham Spanier and the new charges against Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.

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Graham Spanier's attorneys call charges political

The representation of former Penn State president Graham Spanier stated in a release on Thursday afternoon that the charges levied against their client are not based in fact.

Spanier was charged with obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and perjury related to the Jerry Sandusky case, according to the Pennsylvania state Attorney General on Thursday afternoon. In total, Spanier has been charged with eight crimes, three of which are felony charges.

According to the statement, Spanier's team of lawyers believe that the charges are political in nature and are a vindictive move motivated by the governor. Spanier is represented by lawyers from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as well as Vaira & Riley P.C.

Since the release of the Freeh Report, which was an internal investigation of Penn State conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh, it has been speculated as to what type of charges Spanier would face for his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky case.

According to Freeh, Spanier was aware of two separate incidents (one in 2001 and another in 1998) of abuse by Sandusky and failed to report him due to publicity reasons.

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Graham Spanier charged in PSU scandal

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been charged with obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and perjury related to the Jerry Sandusky case, according to the Pennsylvania state Attorney General on Thursday afternoon.

In total, Spanier has been charged with eight crimes, three of which are felony charges. Speculation arose following the completion of the Freeh report by former FBI director Louis Freeh as to potential charges against Spanier. The internal investigation found that Spanier, in addition to Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, were all aware of two separate incidents (one in 2001 and another in 1998) of abuse by Sandusky and failed to report him due to publicity reasons.

The investigation also uncovered emails from Spanier, which indicated that he potentially played a role in deciding not to report Sandusky for the 2001 incident. He was ultimately relieved of his duties as president six days after Sandusky was charged with child abuse.

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