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               === Spanier facing charges in Sandusky scandal ===
 
 Harrisburg,  PA  (Sports Network) -  Pennsylvania State Attorney General Linda
 Kelly has announced charges against former Penn State president Graham Spanier
 in relation to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
 
 Kelly,  at a  news conference  Thursday, said  Spanier has  been charged  with
 criminal  conspiracy,  obstruction  of  justice, endangering  the  welfare  of
 children,  failure to  report  under  the Child  Protective  Services Law  and
 perjury.
 
 Sandusky,  the former  Penn State assistant football coach, was sentenced last
 month  to 30-60 years  in prison for his conviction on charges of child sexual
 abuse. Sandusky was found guilty in June on 45 counts charging him with sexual
 abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
 
 The  scandal,  which broke last  November with Sandusky's arrest, brought down
 the  Penn State football program, tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno
 and scarred the entire university.
 
 Spanier  had been  the school president for  16 years before his ouster on the
 same day last November when Paterno was relieved of his duties as head coach.
 
 In  addition,  Kelly  announced  further charges  against  former  Penn  State
 athletic  director Tim  Curley and  vice  president Gary  Schultz. Curley  and
 Schultz  had already been charged with perjury and failure to report under the
 Child Protective Services Law.
 
 "This  is not a mistake, an oversight or a misjudgment," said Kelly. "This was
 a  conspiracy  of silence by top  officials at Penn State, working to actively
 conceal the truth, with total disregard to the suffering of children."
 
 Spanier,  Schultz  and Curley  are  accused  of concealing  information  about
 suspected  child  abuse involving Sandusky, including on-campus incidents from
 1998  and 2001 that were reported and discussed in great detail by those three
 men.
 
 According  to the  State Attorney General's release, notes and documents about
 the  1998 and  2001 crimes were allegedly  kept by Schultz in a file drawer in
 his  campus office. Schultz told staff members that they were never to look in
 that "Sandusky" file. On Nov. 5, 2011 -- the day the original criminal charges
 were  announced against  Sandusky, Schultz and Curley -- that file was removed
 from Schultz's office and delivered to his home.
 
 11/01 12:40:23 ET