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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, March 24, 2017. Spanier faces charges that he failed to report suspected child sex abuse in the last remaining criminal case in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier charged with child endangerment


Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted on Friday of failing to bring forward suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest blew up in a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno, according to the Associated Press. Jurors found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against Sandusky, but not guilty of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count. 

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier charged with child endangerment

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The 68-year-old remained emotionless after the verdict was read after 13 hours of debate.

Child endangerment carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but prosecutors declined to say whether they would seek jail time. 

Spanier's lawyer said he would appeal.

Spanier's trial honed in a 2001 report in which a graduate assistant Mike McQueary said that he had seen Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a team shower. Spanier and two other university officials told Sandusky he couldn't bring the children to campus anymore, but never reported the matter to police or child protection authorities.

Sandusky wasn't arrested until 2011 after an anonymous tip led prosecutors to investigate the shower incident. He was ultimately convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a decades-long prison sentence.

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