Former Penn St. president Graham Spanier gets travel OK

Travel restrictions eased for Graham Spanier

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A judge loosened travel restrictions Thursday for the former Penn State president accused of a criminal cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover eliminated a bail rule that required Graham Spanier to provide advance notice to the court of travel within the United States.

He also allowed Spanier to travel to other countries under certain conditions, making him apply for permission at least 20 days ahead of time, lay out his itinerary and provide the country's extradition policy regarding the United States.

Spanier's passport will be kept at the state attorney general's State College office until he gets the required permission.

Spanier and his attorneys declined to comment on the order. He had previously said he wanted to be able to travel for family and professional reasons.

Spanier, who remains a tenured faculty member on paid leave, awaits trial with two other former university administrators on charges of perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. All three have denied the allegations.

A district judge determined last month that there was enough evidence against Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz to send the case to county court for trial. Spanier had been Penn State's president for 16 years before being forced out in November 2011, after the arrests of Sandusky, Curley and Schultz.

Sandusky, the school's longtime defensive coordinator under former coach Joe Paterno, is serving a decades-long prison sentence after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Oral argument in his appeal is scheduled for next month in Wilkes-Barre.

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