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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and his wife Sandra, arrives for the third day of his trial at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Spanier is charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. Prosecutors say Spanier and two other Penn State administrators failed to act on a report of sexual abuse by former football coach Jerry Sandusky. (Dan Gleiter/ via AP)
March 22, 2017 - 2:27 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Latest on the criminal trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A former Penn State vice-president says he erroneously assumed for about a decade that state child welfare authorities had been contacted about a complaint that Jerry Sandusky had been seen showering with a boy in a football team shower.

Gary Schultz testified Wednesday at the criminal trial of former Penn State President Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) about how the two of them and a third administrator decided in 2001 not to immediately go to the Department of Public Welfare about the report.

Schultz says he's not sure why he then concluded the agency had been notified about then-graduate assistant football coach Mike McQueary's complaint.

Schultz pleaded guilty last week to a single misdemeanour charge. Spanier is charged with three felonies.

Prosecutors wrapped up their case after two days of testimony.


1:20 p.m.

Penn State's former athletic director says he pleaded guilty to child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal because he felt he should have done more following a 2001 complaint against Sandusky.

Tim Curley testified Wednesday at the trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur).

Spanier also charged is with child endangerment for not reporting to child welfare authorities the 2001 complaint about Sandusky's conduct with a boy in a team shower.

A graduate assistant reported the encounter to football Coach Joe Paterno, who in turn told Curley and the vice-president.

The ex-assistant testified Tuesday he told university leaders he saw Sandusky molest a boy.

But Curley denied on the witness stand that either the assistant or Paterno told him the contact was sexual in nature.

Curley expects to be able to avoid prison.


12:10 a.m.

The criminal trial of Penn State's former president on felony child endangerment charges is set to resume, with two of his former top lieutenants among those who could take the stand.

Seven people are on the prosecution's witness list and could testify Wednesday, as Graham Spanier's (SPAN'-yurz) trial in Harrisburg continues.

They include former Penn State vice-president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley. They had faced the same charges before pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanour child endangerment count.

The charges stem from the three men's response to a 2001 complaint by a graduate assistant coach that Jerry Sandusky had abused a boy in a team shower.

Eight people testified Tuesday including the former director of a charity for children, where Sandusky met many of his victims.

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