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A judge ordered the former president of Penn State behind bars, after upholding a conviction against him in connection with ignoring a complaint against prolific child abuser Jerry Sandusky. Graham Spanier was instructed to report to jail on July 9 to serve at least two months for his 2017 conviction of endangering the welfare of children. The decision was reversed by a federal judge over a legal technicality in 2019, and that reversal was overturned by an appeals court. Spanier, who was forced out of his role amid Sandusky’s dozens of child abuse charges, will also be required to serve two months of house arrest when he is released from the Centre County Correctional Facility. He was charged of not acting on a complaint from another coach who was disturbed by seeing Sandusky molest a young boy in the shower in 2012. Spanier said the abuse of the boy was described to him as horseplay, and he did not call the cops. In an email to other administrators at the time, he wrote: “the only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it.”

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