HARRISBURG—UPDATE: Former PSU President Graham Spanier is charged with Conspiracy, Perjury, Endangering Welfare Of Children, Obstruction for his role in the Penn State/ Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal that has rocked the bucolic Happy Valley campus. Attorney General Linda Kelly made the announcement during a press conference today in Harrisburg. Former Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of abusing several boys and is serving a 30-60 year sentence at SCI Greene. Spanier is accused of covering up the crimes and not doing anything to prevent more abuse after he initially became aware of the allegations against Sandusky. Kelly said Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and retired Penn State vice president Gary Schultz had a "definite interest" in shielding Sandusky. She characterized Spanier's actions, as well as Curley and Schultz', as cowardly acts.
Tim Curley and Gary Schultz both face additional charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction of justice and perjury.
Many people have been waiting for these charges to come down since Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were arrested and charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette says that Spanier will be charged today with perjury and obstruction of justice.
Spanier was the long-time Penn State president. He was forced to resign just days after the charges against Sandusky were filed. Since his resignation, Spanier has become a target of the investigation and the alleged coverup.
Spanier denies any knowledge of a 1998 University Police investigation of Sandusky involving a child in a Penn State football building shower. After Curley and Schultz were charged, many thought Graham Spanier was the next to face criminal charges. But Spanier has always denied any wrongdoing.
In an interview just after the release of the Freeh report, the former Penn State president tried to clear his name.
"That report is absolutely wrong...the conclusions in that report...are just incorrect," said Graham Spanier during an exclusive interview with ABC News back in August.
"There is nothing--nothing-- full or complete about The Freeh Report as it applies to Dr. Spanier. Nor am I aware of any court in the land that would accept such unsupported and outrageous conclusions as independent or any judge that would put his or her name behind them," said Timothy Lewis, Spanier's Attorney back in August.
As for Jerry Sandusky, the convicted child molester was moved to his permanent prison home yesterday. After diagnostic testing at Camp Hill state prison, the 68-year-old was ordered to spend his sentence at the Greene state prison. He will remain under protective custody, spending 23 out of 24 hours a day in his private cell. Prison officials say he will be escorted everywhere he goes for his protection.
Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. As for the charges set to be filed, the report includes perjury and obstruction of justice.
These charges are set to follow the charges against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz of perjury and failure to report child abuse. They are scheduled to go to trial in January.