Former Penn State president Graham Spanier will be charged with perjury and obstruction of justice at it relates to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly and state police commissioner Frank Noonan will hold a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. later today. The news comes almost one year after Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator under Joe Paterno, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of young boys dating back to 1996.
The charges are based on evidence compiled in part, in a report last summer by former FBI director Louis Freeh which included emails in which it appears to show that Spanier, former Penn State A.D. Tim Curly and ex-vice president Tim Schultz agree not to report to child welfare authorities, a 2001 allegation by former graduate assistant Mike McQueary that he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the Penn State shower room.
Spanier was Chancellor at UNL for 3.5 years. One of his most notably moves was to go outside the athletic department in 1993 to hire Bill Byrne to replace Bob Devaney.