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Penn State Scandal: Graham Spanier Denies Being Told About Sandusky Abuse

As the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State reaches the former leaders of the university as well as the legacy of Joe Paterno, former Penn State University President Graham Spanier is denying ever being told about the sexual abuse committed by Sandusky.

Spanier's stance would counter various media leaks of emails from Penn State officials discussing Sandusky, specifically those obtained by CNN that paint a picture that Spanier, Paterno, now-retired Vice President Gary Schutlz and former A.D. Tim Curley conspired to not contact the authorities after allegations against Sandusky surfaced (statements from Spanier's attorney courtesy of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"Since November of last year, when he resigned his presidency, (Spanier) has wanted the Freeh Group to create an accurate report and has been determined to assist in any way he can," his attorney said.

"Selected leaks, without the full context, are distorting the public record and creating a false picture. At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues," said Spanier’s Philadelphia-based attorney, Peter Vaira.

Spanier and his legal team met with the Freeh Investigative Group Friday to discuss the Sandusky incident as part of the Freeh Group's investigation for Penn State.

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