HARRISBURG -- Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was arraigned before presiding District Judge William Wenner early Wednesday morning in Harrisburg.
Spanier faces charges of perjury, child endangerment, obstruction of justice and failure to report suspected abuse, as well as conspiracy to commit the previously mentioned crimes.
He was released on $125,000 unsecured bail, and was forced to forfeit his U.S. passport as well as restrict all travel to within the state of Pennsylvania, Wenner said. These requirements were also placed on former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.
A working preliminary date was set for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Dauphin County Courthouse. Former Athletic Director Curley and Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Schultz have a preliminary hearing date set for Nov. 14, as well.
Spanier’s attorneys Edward Spreha and Elizabeth Ainslie maintained his innocence shortly following the arraignment. Spanier left with his wife without commenting.
Ainslie, however, said the “conspiracy of silence” theory that Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly perpetuated is “absolutely ridiculous.”
She said she looks forward to explaining Spanier’s side of the story in the future, but left without any further comment.
Read Thursday's edition of The Daily Collegian for more details.