During the press conference of Louis Freeh on Thursday, former Penn State University President Graham Spanier was one of four Penn State officials repeatedly cited as a member of the key senior leaders who failed to effectively handle the abuse perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky. Freeh did not mince words during his press conference, stating that Spanier, along with Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz, actively worked to conceal the facts when they were made aware of abuse allegations towards Sandusky.
Spanier's representation responded to the comments made and report filed by Freeh on Thursday. Timothy K. Lewis and Peter F. Vaira issued a statement in which they took particular exception to the charges of concealment. Via the Harrisburg Patriot-News:
Not only did Dr. Spanier never conceal anything from law enforcement authorities, but prior to 2011 he was never contacted by law enforcement officials, or any other officials, about any criminal activities now attributed to Sandusky. And as he told Judge Freeh himself last Friday and has steadfastly maintained, at no time in his 16 years as President of Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of any incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct, or criminality of any nature.
Spanier has not been charged with a crime stemming from the Sandusky scandal, while both Schultz and Curley are currently facing perjury charges.
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