Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is expected to be charged today in connection with the investigation into child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky, making the once-respected leader the fourth person to be indicted in the scandal.
Former university administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are already awaiting trial on perjury and failure to report abuse charges from the indictment last year that rocked the community.
The Spanier development comes five days before Election Day, which features a hotly contested race between two newcomers for attorney general. Current attorney general Linda Kelly is not running.
It is not immediately clear how the new charges would affect Curley's and Schultz's trial, which is set for jury selection in Harrisburg on Jan. 7. Attorneys for both men have filed a slew of motions, asking the judge to try their clients separately as we'll as delaying trial. Curley and Schultz have maintained their innocence.
The expected charges bring about another twist in the nearly yearlong fallout of the Sandusky scandal, which has Penn State working to rebuild its tarnished reputation in the wake of the criminal cases against Curley and Schultz, unprecedented sanctions by the NCAA on the football team, and the firing of head coach Joe Paterno and Spanier.
Spanier, Curley, Schultz and Paterno were blasted in a university-commissioned report released this summer that accused the men of concealing child abuse allegations against Sandusky years ago.
Attorneys for the four men decried the findings if the Freeh report. Spanier was among the last of more than 400 people interviewed by Freeh's investigators, and he originally sued the university to get access to old emails he wanted to review before he met with the investigative team.