HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State University, arrived at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg on Monday morning for jury selection.
He came prepared to defend himself against three felony counts of endangering the welfare of children.
The charges stem from the Jerry Sandusky case and allegations that Penn State officials did not report Sandusky’s abuse of children in the locker room when they knew of that abuse in 2001.
Sandusky was arrested in 2011, after an anonymous tip, and was later convicted on multiple counts.
Former athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz just pleaded guilty to a reduced single misdemeanor of endangering a child.
Both are now on the prosecution’s witness list and could testify against Spanier.
Spanier claims he was never told of child abuse, only about horseplay in the shower, but emails may suggest otherwise.
How much did university officials tell their boss, Spanier, about Sandusky at the time?
In 2001, state law was weak on child abuse reporting obligations.
Spanier insists he didn’t know enough to tell authorities, but prosecutors say otherwise.
There are reports that Spanier wants to take the stand on his behalf, but that can be a risky proposition.
Spanier says, as a victim of child abuse himself, he would never endanger a child.
Jurors are being questioned behind closed doors for a trial that could last two weeks.