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Ex-Penn State Head Spanier Loses Ruling in Sandusky Case

Former Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier lost a ruling in his bid for access to evidence before a hearing on charges tied to the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse case.

Spanier, 65, is charged with five counts that include endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a 2001 sex-abuse allegation against Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach. Spanier sought a transcript of his grand jury testimony, documents prosecutors plan to use at a July 29 preliminary hearing, and written statements of witnesses the state intends to call, according to court papers.

State court Judge Todd Hoover in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, denied the request today in a one-page order.

Spanier was charged in November along with Timothy Curley, a former Penn State athletic director, and Gary Schultz, an ex-vice president in charge of university police. Each man is accused of conspiring to cover up Sandusky’s sex abuse. Schultz and Curley had previously been charged with perjury in connection with the 2001 incident.

Sandusky, who is serving a minimum 30-year sentence for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, committed some of his crimes in campus buildings while he was employed by the school. He was convicted by a jury in June 2012.

The case is Pennsylvania v. Spanier, 12303-CR-0000419-2012, Magisterial District Judge 12-3-03, Dauphin County (Harrisburg).

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