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Trial to begin for Penn State ex-president

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former Penn State University president goes on trial this week. A jury will have to decide what Graham Spanier knew and when he knew about abuse boys were suffering at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.

Recently, former university Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges. That opened the door for the two to testify against their former ex-boss during the trial.

Spanier is facing felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy stemming from the 2011 Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Prosecutors said Spanier, Schultz, and Curley were told about Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys in 1998 and again in 2001 and didn't report it to police.

Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of more than 40 counts of child sex abuse and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

During Spanier's trial, prosecutors are expected to bring up emails from 2001 that show the administrators considered going to police to report what former assistant football coach Mike McQueary saw.

McQueary, who late last year was awarded $12 million by a jury, against PSU, under the whistle blower law, said he told administrators and Coach Joe Paterno he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a locker room shower back in 2001.

The scandal, brought to light a decade later, led to legendary coach Joe Paterno losing his job, sullied the school's reputation and cost the school a quarter billion dollars in fines, settlements, and legal bills.

Spanier, who has maintained his innocence, is also expected to take the stand in his defense


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