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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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