Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at a brief court appearance Wednesday on charges he lied about and concealed the child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Timesonline.com reports Spanier, accompanied by his wife, signed paperwork after his bail was set at $125,000 unsecured and left a Harrisburg district justice’s office where two co-defendants were arraigned last week. After the court appearance, Spanier’s attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, proclaimed Spanier’s innocence and called prosecutors’ claims he was part of a conspiracy of silence “ridiculous.”
Spanier, 64, was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy for his actions in response to complaints about Jerry Sandusky showering with children. Spanier denies the allegations and has claimed he is being framed for political purposes.
He served as Penn State’s president for 16 years but was forced out a year ago after Sandusky was charged along with two of Spanier’s top underlings. Spanier is on paid leave as a member of the faculty.