Before the grand jury investigating child sexual abuse by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, Spanier had denied that he had discussed with former Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Vice President Gary Schultz turning a 2001 allegation over to authorities.
Prosecutors detailed allegations that the men agreed not to report a 2001 allegation Sandusky sexually assaulted a boy in a shower even though they knew he had previously been investigated for similar conduct.
Their “conspiracy of silence” allowed Sandusky to abuse at least three more children on campus between 2001 and 2009, Beemer said in his closing argument.
“By their own admission they had thousands of children on their campus for all types of camps and activities and they take the position in 2001 to allow Jerry Sandusky to have access to the campus,” Beemer said.
Beemer said evidence, including correspondence beyond emails, contradicts the men’s grand jury testimony that they had limited knowledge of the 2001 allegation and a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky, and shows they worked to deceive even as investigators closed in.