Friday, March 24, 2017

'Evil allowed to run wild': Ex-Penn State president guilty in Sandusky case

Depicted by prosecutors as a bureaucrat whose inaction allowed "evil" to run wild on innocent children, the former president of Penn State University was convicted Friday of keeping a lid on the scandal surrounding notorious child-abusing coach Jerry Sandusky.

A jury in Harrisburg, Pa. found Graham Spanier guilty of one count of child endangerment due to his handling of a complaint against Sandusky, a once-popular assistant football coach whose career at Penn State spanned three decades. The jury found Spanier not guilty of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.

Spanier showed no emotion after the verdict was read after 13 hours of deliberations. He is free on bail until sentencing later this year. According to ESPN, Spanier, a first-time offender, could face anywhere from probation to a maximum sentence of five years.

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