A Dauphin (Pa.) County jury found former Penn State president Graham Spanier guilty Thursday onone of two charges of endangering the welfare of children. He was found not guilty on a charge of conspiracy, according to the Centre Daily.
Spanier is the third former Penn State executive convicted in the Jerry Sandusky scandal this month. Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university senior vice president Gary Schultz pled guiltylast week in a Harrisburg, Pa., court to endangering the welfare of a child in the alleged cover-up ofSandusky's child sexual assaults.
Sandusky, an assistant football coach at Penn State from 1969 to 1999, wasconvicted on dozens of charges of child sexual abuse. The university has paid out tens of millions to settle withSandusky's victims.
In Spanier's case, the prosecution stated that the then-university president failed to take action after a 2001 incident involving Sandusky was reported to officials. Both Curley and Schultz testified against Spanier.
In his opening argument,deputy attorney general Patrick Schulte said thatby not informing child services about reports of Sandusky's alleged deviant sexual behavior, Spanierallowed "evil in the form of Jerry Sandusky"to "run wild."
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for men to do nothing,"Schulte said.
Spanier is free on bond pending sentencing later this spring. According to PennLive.com, the misdemeanor conviction usually brings a sentence anywhere from probation to nine months in prison for first-time offenders, but could be higher in Spanier's case.