The trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier centering on his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is finally underway in Harrisburg, Pa.
Spanier is facing felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled information about Sandusky during his time at Penn State. Opening remarks were heard in the courtroom on Tuesday, and the prosecution reportedly went after Spanier.
Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte, according to the Associated Press, told the jury that Spanier was among a group of people who agreed not to report Sandusky, resulting in an atmosphere where “evil in the form of Jerry Sandusky was allowed to run wild.”
Spainer’s attorney, Sam Silver, countered that the prosecution was “trying to criminalize a judgement call,” and that Spanier and the group acted correctly “under the circumstances,” according to the report.
Sandusky, a longtime Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty on dozens of child sex abuse charges in June 2012 and was sentenced to several decades in prison.
Spanier was fired by the school days after a grand jury report detailing Sandusky’s crimes was released in November 2011.
Charges were also brought against former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz. They both plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment last week and are expected to testify against Spanier.