People who love and care for Pennsylvania State University reacted sorrowfully today to news that former President Graham Spanier had been charged with helping cover up child-sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, sentenced last month to 30 to 60 years in prison.
But child-care advocates said the charges were necessary - and wondered how many boys could have been spared if Spanier and others had spoken up.
Spanier, once among the nation's most prominent college presidents, was charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, criminal conspiracy, and failure to report suspected child abuse. Similar, additional charges were lodged against former university Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley, already scheduled for trial in January.
"I was hoping we had turned the corner," said a disappointed David Dimmick, a retired Penn State sports-ethics instructor who taught for 33 years. "This is what we're going to be known for, for years and years, and that's unfortunate."